Hey! Chingedy ching,
It's Dominick the donkey.
Chances are you’ve heard the familiar refrain to Lou Monte’s popular 1960 novelty song about a donkey who helps Santa Claus deliver presents to all the good little boys and girls in Italy.
What you might not realize is that Monte was a longtime Lyndhurst resident.
Best known for his parodies and humorous takes on Italian-American culture, Monte recorded nearly 20 albums and more than 60 singles from the 1950s through the 1980s, all while residing in the Meadowlands.
In addition to “Dominick the Donkey,” Monte’s popular tunes include “Pepino, the Italian Mouse” and “Pasquale, the Italian Pussycat.”
Click "Continue reading..." for more information on Lou Monte and a link to the song "Dominick the Donkey."
When he wasn’t on the road, he was at home in Lyndhurst. Monte died in 1989 at age 72.
So the next time you hear “Dominick,” remember that this Italian Christmas donkey’s roots are firmly planted in the Meadowlands.
Click here to hear “Dominick the Donkey”
Click here to read more about Lou Monte.
Donkey photo via www.talltimbersranch.com