The song “The Name Game” by Shirley Ellis was popular even though the British Invasion had arrived and was going strong in 1965. American pop and novelty songs continued to be successful. “The Name Game” was written by Shirley Ellis (her professional name, and Shirley Elliston was her married name) and Lincoln Chase (“Such a Night” and “Jim Dandy”). It was based on a rhyming game Ellis played as a child. Ellis’s recording, produced by Charles Calello, was released in late 1964 as “The Name Game.” It went to #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the R&B Chart in 1965. The record was re-released in 1966 and in 1973. While Ellis’ stock in trade was novelty hits, she was not a one-hit wonder. An R&B singer for ten years before that, Ellis also charted with “The Clapping Song ” (#8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #16 on the R&B), and “The Nitty Gritty.” Ellis performed “The Name Game” on major television programs of the day, including Hullabaloo, American Bandstand, and The Merv Griffin Show. “The Name Game” has been recorded by dozens of recording artists in the years since, including Laura Branigan, Ian Cussick, Pia Zadora, Aaron Carter, Lil’ Kim, Cupid, and many more.