Written by Vic Mizzy and Mann Curtis Introduced December 19, 1953, on Decca records #28945
It’s easy to associate the Mills Brothers with their 1940s recordings: Paper Doll, You Always Hurt the One You Love, Till Then, and Someday (You’ll Want Me to Want You). But when Sy Oliver, the renowned arranger for Jimmie Lunceford and Tommy Dorsey, became the Mills Brothers’ arranger in 1951, a rocking beat was injected into some of their songs and it is as timely today as it was when they created it. They had a huge hit in 1952 with Glow Worm and followed it with The Jones Boy (The buzzin’ over the fence is, that he’s goin’ out of his senses). It is very much a fifties song, arranged with a fifties beat and musical stabs. According to the lyrics, the whole town is talking about The Jones Boy who happens to be in love but this recording never made it into the top-ten on the charts. The Mills Brothers’ Latin-tinged recording Say “Si Si” in 1953 did not break into the top-ten either. The smooth quartet consisted of John Jr., deep bass; Herbert, first tenor; Harry, baritone; and Donald, second tenor. When John Jr. died in 1936, the father John Sr. joined the group, but as a tribute to their brother they remain the Mills Brothers.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"He hops, he jumps, so merrily over the water pumps, he stops and then he’ll come to a pump and he’ll jump again. The buzzin’ over the fence is, that he’s gone out of his senses"