Alvin for President
"Alvin for President" is a song by the fictional musical group, Alvin and the Chipmunks. The song was released as a single in 1960 and was the group's last chart entry on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart. This recording used the same music bed as another song, "I Wish I Could Speak French". The song was later adapted as a musical sequence on The Alvin Show.
After the success of The Chipmunks' previous four singles, which had all reached the Top 40, it was hoped that "Alvin for President" would do the same. Instead, the single reached #95 on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart, their first single to fail to reach the Top 40. It was the group's last chart entry not only on the Pop Singles Chart (later known as Billboard Hot 100), but on any of the Billboard charts until 1992, where their rendition of "Achy Breaky Heart", a song originally sung by Billy Ray Cyrus, peaked at #72 on Billboards Hot Country Singles & Tracks.
Other cultural impact
The song caught the attention of John F. Kennedy who, during the 1960 presidential campaign, commented in a note to Bagdasarian that "I'm glad to know that I have at least one worthy opponent." He was not referring to Richard Nixon.
- Setoodeh R. "Revenge of the rodent: At 50, Alvin and the Chipmunks have never been cuter—-or bigger", Newsweek, 24 November 2008 (Accessed 3 November 2009).