“Because ignorance of your culture is considered uncool”
Gordon Skene ruminates “on the temporary nature of Popular Culture – how none of it lasts forever, or stays the same. Maybe it’s the evolution of things that makes it possible for the ones not yet born in [19 – name your year] to form their own memories, have their own places and their own points of reference. I think that’s the nature of being on the planet – we get to have our own set of experiences to look back on – things that I find strange today will most likely bring a flood of wistful memories to someone twenty years from now. That’s just how life works and part of the continuum. It’s just that way.”
Not all is wistful, Gordon. As you get older, the popular music heard on the radio when you were a child may pop up unexpectedly and remind you that it was mostly crap that you had to listen to because that was all that the medium wave radio or your parents’ record collection had to offer.
Patti Page – How Much Is That Doggie In The Window? (pre-MTV)
Mediafire / Zippyshare
1955. Caterina Valente – Malaguena
Was that the year? Apparently so, although I liked it because of the singing.
(The lyrics were of little meaning to me then, or come to think of it, now.)
1955. Frank Sinatra – Love and Marriage
The song which taught me that trite lyrics need to rhyme.
1956. Danny & Dena Kaye – Laugh It Off Upsy Daisy
1956. Danny & Dena Kaye – Little Child (Daddy Dear)
My parents had the 78rpm of these two tracks.
1957. Peter Sellers – Any Old Iron
The first of a whole series of ‘comedy’ recordings which resonated with me.
1958. Max Bygraves – You Need Hands
1959. Bernard Bresslaw – You Need Feet
An answer to Max.
1959. Lonnie Donegan – Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On The Bedpost Overnight?)
1959. Flanders & Swann – Hippopotamus Song
1960. Lonnie Donegan – My Old Man’s a Dustman
I would have included Lonnie Donegan’s Tom Dooley, but for a more recent memory.
1961. Tommy Cooper – Don’t Jump Off The Roof Dad
1961. Dario Moreno – Brigitte Bardot
1961. Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack
These two tracks were pervasive on my first exchange visit to France.
And yes, I passed GCE ‘O’ level in French.
And thanks to Ray and images of BB I was weaned off ‘children’s songs’ …
… and have done as Ray suggested.
Bonus track: Robert Wyatt – Little Child (released 2003)
Presumably the 78s were in Robert’s home as well.
Alma Cogan – In the Middle of the House
Danny Kaye – The Ugly Duckling
Michael Holliday – The Runaway Train
Mandy Miller – Nellie the Elephant
Max Bygraves – listen to ‘Pink Toothbrush‘ and you’ll understand why one Max track is enough!