Big Mouth Billy Bass

Big Mouth Billy Bass (Box illustration)

Big Mouth Billy Bass is an animated fish made to look like a mounted largemouth bass on a plaque made in 1999. He was the first of many singing fish and taxidermy animals made by Gemmy and other companies.

When you press the button or activate or the motion sensor, Billy sings "Take Me to the River" by Al Green and "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin, flapping his tail and turning his head outward whilst moving his mouth to the words of the song.

Click one of these buttons to hear his soundtrack.

"Take Me to the River"
Take me to the river
"Don't Worry Be Happy"
Don't Worry Be Happy

Original Versions (1999 to 2000) Edit

Big Mouth Billy Bass - 15th Anniversary Edition

Big mouth billy bass 15th Anniversary edition

  • Original and Jumbo Versions: Sings "Don't Worry Be Happy" and "Take Me To The River". The Jumbo version is 28 inches long. (1999-2000)
  • Original Christmas Versions: Wears a Santa hat and a bell on his tail. There are two versions: one Sings "Jingle Bells" and "Up On the Housetop", and the other sings a blues version of "Twas The Night Before Christmas" to the tune of "Trouble" by Elvis Presley. There is an uncommon version of this that doesn't have a high note at the end of the song. (1999-2000)
  • Big Mouth Billy Bones: A glow in the dark fish skeleton on a tombstone plaque that sings "Bad To The Bone". (2000)
  • Big Mouth Billy Bass Musical Keychain: A static, stiff-plastic keychain made by Gemmy that sings "Take Me to the River" and "Don't Worry Be Happy" when a button on its tail is pressed. (2000)

Newer Versions (2001 to Present Day) Edit

  • Billy Bass Superstar: A Billy Bass standing upright with a microphone. Sings "I Will Survive" and "Act Naturally". Some versions sing "Stayin' Alive" or "Don't Worry Be Happy". (2001)
  • Billy Bass Jr.: A smaller Billy Bass. Sings "Take Me To The River" and "I Will Survive". (2004-2009)
  • 15th Anniversary: Released in 2014. His appearance changed slightly, and he has a smaller plaque. Sings an extended version of "Don't Worry Be Happy", and also sings "I Will Survive". (2014-2015)
  • 15th Anniversary Billy Bones: An updated version of the original on a small black plaque. His eyes now light up. (2015)
  • 15th Anniversary Christmas Edition: An updated version of the original Christmas Billy Bass. Sings "Jingle Bells" and "I Will Survive". (2015)
  • Singing Skeletal Fish: A new fish for 2015 that is similar to Billy Bones, although he does not have as many movements. Sings "I Will Survive". (2015)

Other Versions Edit

  • Recordable Billy Bass: A much smaller version of the fish. Sings "Take Me To The River" followed by a recorded message. (2009)
  • Billy Bass Ornament: A mini, non-animated ornament version of the 2015 Christmas Billy. Sings "Jingle Bells" and "I Will Survive". (2015)
  • Airblown Billy Bass: An Airblown Inflatable  version of Christmas Billy Bass was made that sings "I Will Survive" while his head moves. (2015)


  • The fish is very popular, and as such, it has been featured and parodied in various types of media. (Including the movie Wall-e).
  • Other companies have made their own versions/counterfeits of this singing fish over the years. There's many different types of fish and sea creatures, including but not limited to lobsters, whales, crocodiles, and dolphins.
  • In 2009, McDonald's made a parody ad in which the fish sings about the Filet-O-Fish sandwich. Later, Gemmy made their own animatronic version of the fish, called Frankie.
  • There was a precursor to Billy Bass called S.A.M.'s Electronic Trophy Fish. It was the first animatronic fish made (in 1988). It was rather realistic, and it only moved its tail when activated, though it didn't catch on in popularity like Billy Bass.
  • The Countdown Singers sang Don't Worry Be Happy (Recorded in 1999 and on Disc 4 of the Hit Parade of 80's, Vol. 2 album) for the original 1999 edition.
  • There was a 15th Anniversary prototype that sang "Hey Good Lookin'" and "Whisky River". There are only two people currently known to have this prototype.
  • There is a rarer version of the original Big Mouth Billy Bass that does not sing "Don't Worry Be Happy".
  • The Big Mouth Billy Bass Musical Keychain is one of thew few spin-offs of the Big Mouth Billy Bass to be a static figure with no animation that only plays music, alongside the 15th anniversary Christmas ornament.
    • In addition, it rivals the Christmas ornament as the smallest Big Mouth Billy Bass spin-off, and is considerably rare.
  • Four different variants were made to the original version of Big Mouth Billy Bass. A rare variant was produced with a modification of it's circuit board that it made possible to glitch it on low batteries. another rare variant, the pitch rises when the batteries are close to low. Yet another varient (known as the Canadian varient) had a faster tail movement. A variation in the Take Me to the River recording, and a glitch, that the mouth moves differently than normal, and the fourth and the rarest version, Is missing a diode, to prevent his head from slamming and damaging the plaque.
    • Some of these variants was also produced in other singing fish from the 2000s such as Travis Trout.
  • Some plaques are in a lighter color, and some plaques are in a darker color.



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