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Music by Theodore A. Metz
Lyrics by Joe Hayden (Georges August Desvignes)
Date 1886

Fozzie sings "Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" in episode 518 of The Muppet Show. The number is themed around Ali Baba, (a puppet version of Marty Feldman) and the Forty Thieves (or three bears, led by Fozzie). In order to escape being boiled in oil, Fozzie breaks out into this song, and then ends by yelling "Open Sesame!"

The song was originally written as an instrumental for the McIntyre and Heath Minstrels. Words were added and it was popularized during the Spanish-American War, when Teddy Roosevelt's "Rough Riders" used it as their personal anthem. It was famously recorded in 1927 by Bessie Smith under the alternate title "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight."

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