Danny Kaye (born David Daniel Kaminski; January 18, 1913 – March 3, 1987) was a celebrated American actor, singer, dancer, and comedian. His best known performances featured physical comedy, idiosyncratic pantomimes, and rapid-fire nonsense songs.
Kaye starred in 17 movies, notably The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947), The Inspector General (1949), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), and — perhaps his most accomplished performance — The Court Jester (1956). His films were extremely popular, especially his bravura performances of patter songs and children’s favorites such as The Inch Worm and The Ugly Duckling. He was the first ambassador-at-large of UNICEF and received the French Legion of Honor in 1986 for his many years of work with the organization.
Danny Kaye’s recording of Mommy, Gimme a Drinka Water!
Music and Lyrics by Milton Schafer.
Produced and Arranged by Neil Rosengarden
(Based on original arrangements by Gordon Jenkins)
All Instruments and Voices by Neil Rosengarden except on “I Like Old People, Don’t You?”, Jeff Lisenby is added on Piano.