A good friend recently brought my attention to a tune by one Lou Busch. It’s called “Zambezi” and – it’s rather GOOD! I don’t have it, but here it is – played on an old BSR Monarch…
But then, by a coincidence I’ll not trouble you with, I discovered that Lou Busch worked with Allan Sherman on many of his hits.
Now only geezers as old as me will REMEMBER Allan. In the early Sixties, he was responsible for a plethora of silly songs – many based on popular hits of the time (like his “A Waste Of Money” – based on “A Taste Of Honey”).
But copyright problems forced him to use PUBLIC DOMAIN melodies, which resulted in his biggest hit – “Hello Mudduh! Hello Fadduh!” – being set to (the famous bit of) Amilcare Ponchielli’s “Dance Of The Hours”.
And I recall an incident in “assembly” at my junior school. It was 1963 and the headmaster (a bloke who looked a lot like Leslie Philips, but wasn’t) played the piece and asked the kids if they knew what it was called.
Now remember – these kids were aged between eight and eleven. Thus, there was silence – but it was eventually broken by a little voice at the front which said, “It’s called ‘Hello Mudduh! Hello Fadduh!’”
Everyone fell about laughing and a classmate standing with me at the back (we were both about ten) said, “Oh no! That was my little brother – he HAD to say THAT!”
But what strikes me – all these years later – is the fact that in 1963 England, a bunch of eight-to-eleven-year-olds KNEW the record was a classic and had only been USED by Sherman.
Today’s ignorant oiks would NOT have laughed – thinking the kid was RIGHT.
By the way – if you have no idea what the hell I’m talking about, hit – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2Hx_X84LC0 for a nice, clear stereo recording of Sherman’s opus.