"I had a young agent," Hague recalled, "who called to ask if I would like to work with Dr. Seuss. I saw an audition coming on, so I said, 'Absolutely. I'd love to.'"
But when Hague insisted that Seuss come to his house for the audition his agent quipped, "You don't understand. This guy is from Hollywood. You have to go to him because he's more important."
Hague pressed, "No, don't make him come to my house because I'm more important; make him come here because I have the better piano. That will be understood." And it was.
The celebrated children's author well-known for his legendary rhythmic verse showed. Since then, Hague's catchy tune, sung in the movie by Thurl Ravenscroft, has become a holiday favorite hummed in countless households during the holidays.
Even when Jim Carrey starred in the full-blown feature in 2000, Hague's song and much of the jazzy score accompanied the movie, with Hague listed in the credits.