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The Birthday Cake Polka 
By: Sheriff John
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Put another candle on my birthday cake
We're gonna bake a birthday cake
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I'm another year old today

I'm gonna have a party with my birthday cake
Come on and take some birthday cake
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I'm another year old today

We'll have some pie and sandwiches
and chocolate ice cream too
We'll sing and play the day away
and one more thing I'm going to do
I'll blow out the candles on my birthday cake
and when I do, a wish I'll make
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I'm another year old today
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Put another candle on my birthday cake
We're gonna bake a birthday cake
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I'm another year old today

I'm gonna have a party with my birthday cake
Come on and take some birthday cake
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I'm another year old today

We'll have some pie and sandwiches
and chocolate ice cream, too
We'll sing and play the day away
and one more thing I'm going to do

I'll blow out the candles on my birthday cake
and when I do, a wish I'll make
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I'm another year old today
Happy birthday to you
I'm another year old today.
(hackinbush)
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Stavro Arrgolus   (Online)  -  Editor, MP3  -  03-06-12 03:53 PM  -  33 months ago
As always, glad to be of service. Welcome to the site.
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NormAllen   (Offline)  -  Member  -  03-06-12 03:48 PM  -  33 months ago
Glad to have found this page... I've been singing the first few lines to Sheriff John's "Birthday Cake Polka" (I didn't even know it was called that) for many of my adult entertaining years - since about 1977 when I first started performing @ Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri.

Now with a family band (www.FarnumFamily.org), I still tag occasions of "Happy Birthday" with the familiar Polka that I always loved to hear as a boy growing up in the San Fernando Valley.

The additional information regarding "Sheriff" John Rovick is much appreciated.

Now I'll have to learn the rest of the words to that catchy Birthday Polka!
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LanceThruster   (Offline)  -  Member  -  08-12-09 12:38 PM  -  64 months ago
I remember one New Year's Day seeing a special on LA children's programming personalities (Hobo Kelly, Engineer Bill,...) and John Rovick told a very touching story about a letter written by a mom of a child with leukemia. The mom was bathing her son and started to cry because she could see his body wasting away. The boy told his mom not to cry and that she should "laugh and be happy" like the Sheriff John song said, and he sang it with her there in the tub. He died shortly after but the mom wrote Sheriff John to thank him and tell him how much joy he brought her child during his too short life.

Yeah, his cartoons were pretty awful (though a novelty in and of themselves for that reason), but he had the ability to connect with children in a way that seems pretty much a lost art today. It is similar to a story Mr. Rogers told where an adult approach him to thank him for being his friend. He grew up in an abusive household, feeling alone and unloved, and it meant a lot to him to have Fred Rogers say he was his friend and to stell him "I like you just the way you are."
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hackinbush   (Offline)  -  Participant & Donator  -  01-28-06 03:07 AM  -  106 months ago
Friendly, fatherly law enforcement officer (played by John Rovick) who hosted the popular Los Angeles-based kiddie shows SHERIFF JOHN'S LUNCH BRIGADE (11:30am to 12:30pm) and his afternoon show SHERIFF JOHN'S CARTOON TIME beginning in 1952 on KTTV Channel 11. The programs opened with Sheriff John entering his office (a jail house like Andy Taylor's in Mayberry) while lip-sinking to the record lyrics "Laugh and be happy and the world will laugh with you when people see you smiling, they can't help smiling, too..." Then Sheriff John went to the check list, the bulletin board for pictures about safety, and then to the US flag for the Pledge of Allegiance.

During the show, Sheriff John showed cartoons like Crusader Rabbit and Porky the Pig. Occasionally, real farm animals visited the set or an artist named Sketchbook Suzie arrived and drew pictures requested by the kids at home.

The highlight of the program were the birthday announcements when Sheriff John dedicated birthday wishes to kids born on that day. He often read a hundred names a day. To celebrate the Big Day he sang the song:

"Put another candle on my birthday cake, were gonna bake a birthday cake. Put another candle on my birthday cake. I'm another year old today."

The birthday cake in question was decorated with thick frosting, candy and lollipops. While Sheriff John sang the song, the carousel cake spun in a circle while displaying the words "Happy Birthday Brigadiers" on the side of the cake.

As a special treat Sheriff John would mention the location (under the bed, in the closet, etc.) of where kids could find gifts in their own house. This information was surreptitiously provided by the kid's parents a few weeks earlier.

Beside birthdays, Sheriff John taught lessons about life and appropriate behavior to his viewers. To teach the lessons, the Sheriff used songs like "The Advice Song" (If you like to scatter your toys, don't do it, don't do it...); the "Eat your food, wash your hand and face, brush your teeth and take a nap" song that promoted good heath habits ("this is the way we wash our hands...Merrily, we brush our teeth"); and "The Safety Song" that cautioned kids of the "Fun Brigade" not to play with matches, run with sharp objects ("I could fall down and spoil my fun")', get into cars with strangers, ("Never accept gifts or candy from strangers, remember this and there'll be no danger") and most of all "Safety, safety all the while, safety, safety with a smile; safety on the way to school, safety first our Golden Rule."

When the Sheriff John left the air in 1970 after 18 years, he bid farewell to all his faithful viewers with these words:

"We've come to the end of the program and the end of an era as they say in our Mahogany Row And, it is the end of an era. Believe me, we've been with you many, many times, many years in your home and thank you for all of your attendance and for joining with us....and so like the words we had in this morning: Aloha, Adios, Adieu, and God be with you 'til we meet again. Bye for now."

In 1998, John Rovick appeared during the Emmy Awards ceremony as lifetime fan and admirer Michael Richards (Kramer of SEINFELD fame) honored the Sheriff with a touching segment that waxed nostalgic about his childhood hero. Sheriff John had previously won an Emmy in 1952 for Best Children's Program.

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