Town Tries to Tone Down Ice Cream Truck Music

Long Beach, Calif., residents are trying to stop the iconic sound of summer.
1:44 | 07/11/13

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Are you guys ready for a mr. Softy controversy? You know how excited the kids get when they hear the jingle coming down the street. But one california town is telling him to tone it all down. David wright has the details. ♪ Reporter: The ice cream man's jingle rings a bell with today's kids. ♪ signals summer and childhood, just as it has for generations. ♪ Ice cream man ring your bell ♪ Reporter: Inspiring a jonathan richman song and an eddie murphy comedy routine. The ice cream man is coming. Reporter: Now, the ice cream man has put lawmakers in long beach, california, in a bad humor, indeed. Imposing a new law to reduce the blare of that music. Drive around, drive around, until the kids get out there. Then, the music is still going. Reporter: Other communities have also taken a hard line on mr. Softy. Cities in 11 states have tried to tone down the ice cream man's tune. ♪ nester zia has driven his ice cream truck in long beach for 20 years. He is worried that a noise ordnance would hurd business. I am careful. Reporter: Without the music this would be another noisy truck driving through the neighborhood. But you crank up those tunes and suddenly, this old jalopy becomes summer on wheels. ♪ ice cream truck. Reporter: Don't mess with the ice cream man. Kids love the ice cream truck. Don't spoil the summer. Reporter: Tough to argue with that. For "good morning america," david wright, abc news, long

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