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February 17, 2009

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I am complete agog. I never would have guessed that The Herman's Hermits recording was not the original of Henery the Eighth. Fascinating. And I love the cucumber song! Hilarious. Thanks Katy!

This is terrific! Thanks for introducing us to the fabulous Harry. I agree with Stacey - who knew Peter Noon et al. cribbed their hit from Mr. Champion?

I love old music-hall songs. My grandfather was in vaudeville in the early 1900s here in the States, and he knew a lot of the songs, some British, some American. He passed them on to my mother, who was unfortunately NOT musical, but she did her best to pass them on to me. One in particular is "My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon," which is actually quite racy if you know the whole lyric, and one, which I have mostly forgotten, about "Highland Mary's Birthday."

This post made my day. I'll never look at a cucumber again without humming.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark
                   

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