'The Big Show'
was American radio network's dying gasp in the late 1940s, but what a gasp
it was. Tallulah Bankhead was MC, and Fred Allen, Groucho Marx, and Meredith
Willson were regulars. At the end of each show Miss Bankhead spoke the
ltrics to this song over the melody played by Mr. Willson's orchestra. Composer
Willson said that the inspiration for the song came from his mother , who
was a Sunday school teacher. Perry's version, simple and direct, was very
popular when he performed it on his own TV show.