Edith Griffith
Edith Griffith Boop a Doop Nebraska 1927


Edith Griffith

Edith Griffith was a singer who recorded songs from 1927 to 1930 for Victor records.  She was mentioned in the $250,000 Infringement Lawsuit as being heard Booping by a witness alongside Felix Mayol in an early recording of  "Bou Dou Ba Boum", which was used together with old footage of Baby Esther. Only two of Griffith's recordings are preserved by history.


Witness Alfred Evans, who was an employee of Rudy Vallee, testifed saying that he had heard Edith Griffith sing a Boop-Boop-A-Doop song in Nebraska in 1927.

Evidence Against Kane

Edith Griffith and Felix Mayol were also used as evidence against Helen Kane, but it was the old footage of Baby Esther performing the routine that helped prove that Kane was not the first Boop-Oop-A-Doop singer in the business.


Helen Kane sued Fleischer Studios and Paramount for stealing her act, but the court ruled that Kane might have lifted the Oo-Poo-Pa-Doo gimmick either from Baby Esther or Edith Griffith. Kane first used the catchprase in "That's My Weakness Now" (1927); fans' reactions made her use it again in "Button Up Your Overcoat".



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