Bijou (adj) – Something small or delicate
Everyone knows the tune and the famous bijou bikini. It is itsy bitsy and teenie weenie and yellow and polka dot and did I mention a bikini. The song, which tells the tale of a shy girl who is afraid to let people see her in her small bikini, is an infectious and cheery tune that can seriously embarrass you if you know all of the lyrics and tend to often tell people, “what she wore.” But, I don’t care. I am not ashamed and neither should bikini girl.
The song was written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss and was first released in June of 1960 by Brian Hyland. It skyrocketed to #1 on the U.S. charts in August of the same year.
The song also was more than just a superficial diddy. It also incited a large increase in bikini sales, which were still looked at as risqué in the early 60s. It is cited as being one of the earliest contributors to the acceptance of the suit in society.