Mickey Mouse March
"(The) Mickey Mouse (Club) March", is the opening theme for the The Mickey Mouse Club television show, which aired in the United States from October 1955 to 1959, on the ABC television network. (The first two lines are: Who’s the leader of the Club that’s made for you and me? M-I-C-- K-E-Y-- M-O-U-S-E!) The song is reprised with the slower "it's time to say goodbye" verse, at the end of each episode. The song remains popular as a children's music standard and is Mickey Mouse's official theme. In the show's opening, the song is partially performed by the characters Dumbo and Jiminy Cricket.
The song was written by the Mickey Mouse Club host Jimmie Dodd and was published by Hal Leonard Corporation, July 1, 1955. Dodd, who was a guitarist and musician hired by Walt Disney as a songwriter, wrote other songs used over the course of the series, as well, such as the “theme day” songs sung on the show.
Mannheim Steamroller covered the song as the final track on the album, Mannheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse (1999). Andrew W.K. also covered the song, on the Japanese-only release of the album Mosh Pit On Disney (2004).
In popular culture
In M*A*S*H season 5, Hawkeye Pierce sings the M-O-U-S-E line of the song after Radar O'Reilly spells out a name. The season was aired in December 1976 but depicts events in 1952, three years before the song was published.