Information About Nellie The Elephant
This song was written in 1956 by Ralph Butler and Peter Hart.
They did not know an elephant named 'Nellie'.
Ralph Butler was a famous British songwriter who was born in 1886. He wrote or co-wrote about 14 songs from the 1920's to the mid-1950's. He used his pseudonym, or fake name, Jake Wallis for some of these songs.
The original version of "Nellie the Elephant" was sung by a child actress named Mandy Miller. She went on to star in ten movies but was most famous for her rendition of this song.
A punk rock band called Toy Dolls recorded a cover of this song which would make its way to number four on the singles chart in the United Kingdom in 1984.
Instructors would often use this song to teach CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). The tempo of this song was calculated to be about 105 beats per minute and the recommended beats for CPR is 100 beats per minute. There was even a study conducted on the effectiveness of "Nellie the Elephant" when administering CPR versus other songs and no music at all.