…Smokey the Bear, Smokey the Bear,
Prowling and growling and sniffing the air
He can find a fire before it starts to flame
That’s why they call him Smokey, that’s how he got his name…
“Smokey the Bear,” 1952
For Smokey’s 70th Birthday, here’s country star Eddy Arnold with a few fire prevention tips and singing the very catchy “Smokey the Bear”.
Ever wondered - is it Smokey Bear or Smokey the Bear?
Smokey’s official name has no “the” in the middle though. It was added in 1952 to achieve proper rhythm in the song “Smokey the Bear”, written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins.
via The Unwritten Record » The REAL Smokey Bear