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Richard D. Trentlage Dies: He Wrote 'The Oscar Mayer Wiener Song'

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The Oscar Mayer Speedy Wienermobile is seen driving down interstate 66 on Aug. 24, 2013, in Vienna, Virginia. Richard D. Trentlage, who wrote the Oscar Mayer Wiener commercial jingle died Sept. 21. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 30 Sep 2016 12:50 PM

Richard D. Trentlage, who wrote the classic Oscar Mayer Wiener commercial song, died Sept. 21. He was 87.

The Chicago native wrote jingles for many commercials, often recording them in his living room while using other family members to sing the songs, WLS-TV reported. The Oscar Mayer Company credited the song with making their product so popular, the station noted.

Trentlage was living in the Chicago suburb of Fox River Grove when he died at the Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Illinois, his daughter Linda Bruun told The New York Times.

Trentlage, who worked for an advertising agency, tapped out the tune in a day so he could enter it into a contest sponsored by Oscar Mayer in 1962, the Times reported. Bruun said she and her brother David, provide the kid voices for the song when they were 9 and 11, respectively.

The song's hook: "Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener/That is what I'd truly like to be/'Cause if I were an Oscar Mayer wiener/Everyone would be in love with me," came partly from an idea from his son talking about one of his friends, the Times noted.

"The Oscar Mayer Wiener Song" first aired in 1963 and was an immediate hit with the company using it for the next 50 years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Wisconsin State Journal wrote in 2012 that the iconic tune has been heard in 20 countries and played by symphony orchestras.

"I can hardly get my brain around the fact it has been 50 years," Trentlage said to the State Journal at the time.

Trentlage was also responsible for such commercial themes like "Wow! It sure doesn't taste like tomato juice," for V-8; "Buckle up for safety, buckle up!" for a National Safety Council spot for using seat belts; and "McDonald's is your kind of place," The Hollywood Reporter noted.

Many remembered Trentlage on social media.

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