In 1963 Edd Morris was in Sydney, pitching songs to publishers and record companies. At CBS Records New Zealand, musician and producer Laurie Lewis suggested that Morris write a novelty number based around the forthcoming engagement of a prominent celebrity couple.
"He told me to write something in the vein of Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme," Morris recalls. "I didn't have a guitar, piano, nothing, I just wrote it in my head, the lead line, melody and chorus. I went back and there was a piano in the room and I did a demo right there. Laurie was happy enough and they had a couple of popular singers lined up but the recording kept getting delayed. Six months later the couple split up."