Obituary Section Endures ‘Itsy Bitsy’ Mishap

Sep 27th, 2006 // 4 Comments

bikini.jpgThe news that “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” songwriter Paul Vance had passed away proved to be somewhat shocking to the actual Paul Vance, who is currently living it up in Westbury, N.Y. But what’s even even worse: “Itsy” Paul Vance stepping forward led to Rose Leroux, the widow of the deceased Paul Vance, finding out that her husband had been lying to her all these years.

And she’s totally angry … at the living Paul Vance.

Leroux said she wished the other Paul Vance had never spoken up.

“It’s such a long time ago. To have it come out now, I’m kind of devastated,” she said. “If this man is getting the royalties why wouldn’t he be happy? The more you stir this up the more you’ll smell. Paul can’t hurt him now — he’s dead. And we’re not going after him for the royalties.”

Is this what you’d refer to as the denial stage?

Real ‘Itsy Bitsy’ Songwriter Still Alive [AP via Yahoo! News]

  1. Bob Loblaw

    This is poignantly depressing in the same way that short stories always are.

  2. O.D.B. McDowell

    i always thought it was the actual polka dots that were yellow, not the rest of the bikini. shows you what i know….

  3. Bob Loblaw

    With the pseudo-celeb/media angle, you’d need someone more contemporary. If you set it in Russia, it could be Gary Shteyngart, but I’d guess old Franzen could pull it off.

  4. Ned Raggett

    This is poignantly depressing in the same way that short stories always are.

    But are we talking more Ambrose Bierce or O. Henry? (Carver I’m not sure about.)

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