Pachalafaka edited
Written by Irving Taylor
Date 1958
Source Terribly Sophisticated Songs (album)

"Pachalafaka" was sung by a tourist visiting Turkey in The Muppet Show episode 103. At the end of the song, the Whatnot girl who whispered the word Pachalafaka to the tourist removed the scarf covering her face, revealing herself to be a mustached man.

Although "Pachalafaka" was first recorded by composer Irving Taylor on an album entitled Terribly Sophisticated Songs, it was later popularized by comedian Soupy Sales, whose first recording of the song was released in 1965.

Behind the Scenes

As explained in Muppet Morsels from The Muppet Show Season One DVD release, this song was originally meant to be the UK Spot for the show, but after deciding that the episode was short on songs, "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Clues" was designated as the UK Spot instead.


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