Long before Heavy Metal musicians ever thought they were the first people to write a song about Hell there was "Hell's Bells". The song was written, presumably in 1932, by Chicago saxophonist Art Kassel and must have had something of a vogue in the early 30's. The year following it's publication the song was recorded by Sid Peltyn and his Orchestra under the all-purpose (and much used) pseudonym "The New Yorkers". In 1934 the song was used in two cartoons: "Red Hot Mamma" (Betty Boop, Fleischer Studios) and "Hell's Fire" (Willie Whopper, Ub Iwerks Studio). After that it seems to have vanished all together. Can anyone tell me if the song appears in any other film?
The song as recorded by Sid Peltyn and his Orchestra (AKA "The New Yorkers")
The song as it appeared in the 1934 film "Hell's Fire". Sadly, the 35 elements for this film are missing (at least for the moment) and both 16mm prints (one B&W and the other color) are, until better turns up, incomplete - therefore the two are cobbled together to form a complete clip. Go here to see the full film. This particular version of "Hell's Bells" also incorporates the song "How Dry I Am".
Lastly, the song as it appeared (in lyrically truncated form) in the classic Betty Boop cartoon "Red Hot Mamma".