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Track 25 - "The Sheik Of Araby" by Tommy Cooper

It's funny how the universe works at times, with no thought for it Tommy Cooper lands in this thread on what was his birthday. I'd have had no idea if not for seeing @Devon Malcolm mention it in another thread.

Here Tommy does a cover of the long time standard "The Sheik of Araby", a song that has been done for decades across a number of genres, even the flipping Beatles did it. Here Tommy sings at the start, very much club singer style, but also I reckon Pete Doherty listened to this and totally nicked Tommy's style. Of course Tommy can't help himself and breaks into a spoken story about getting lost in the desert and getting a message to the Sheik, goes back to be bit of singing, then another tale, classic Cooper ain't it.

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Here you go @PowerButchi

Over in the youtube/Millard shill thread I posted about Mike Reid's magical Chantilly Lace. I was doing some google sleuthing about what other numbers Mike had done and discovered the greatest album o

Alright fuck it, lets do this. Track 1 - You're The One I Want By Arthur Mullard & Hylda Baker   The compilation starts off with this upbeat number, a cover of the Grease

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ONTO CD TWO!!

Yep, we've covered all of the first CD, now we're on to the second CD. What will this one bring? The first definitely got a bit soft in the middle. I feel like your typical NOW Hits compilation gets pretty bad on the second tape, where side 1 might have given you some Oasis or Blur, side two you're being hit with the Boo Radleys.

Track 1 - "Up Je T'aime" by Frankie Howerd & June Whitfield

 

Now this is a true novelty record, no shocker that its set to legendary "lets have mad sex babes" song J'Taime.

This is great stuff, I love Frankie Howerd and he's class in this. I won't give any spoilers but this is top stuff. June Whitfield doesn't really provide much, I reckon this was her firing back at Terry Scott's "I Love Birds".

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WE BACK MOTHERFUCKERS

Track 2 - "You Are Awful (But I Like You)" by Dick Emery

Been a while since I posted here which is mostly because...well I get bored tbh. But soldiering on with this next one:

Nothing popped the UK back in the day than Dick Emery. What a raunchy comic he was, mad as a hatter dressing up like women and everything. This bellowed song is named after his most famous character Mandy, a dumb blonde with big tits, who uttered this before slapping the interviewer - top quality comedy.

Dick Emery's wiki page says 'He was very keen on "long legs and blondes"' - which makes you wonder what else he got up to as the Mandy character.

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Track 3 - "Boiled Beef and Carrots" by Lenny Henry

That's SIR Lenny Henry to you mate...<does lenny henry laugh>

This was a real shocker for me. Lenny Henry doing a song? What on earth is this gonna sound like? Wasn't expecting this banger of a tune about a delightfully bland dinner. Dropped this in 1975, which is interesting, because who the fuck was Lenny Henry in the 70s? I only remember him appearing in the 80s. So was this his original plan? Be a pop start or summink?

This is an old comedy song, the lyrics you can look up online, but this is definitely more of a PC version. This song has also been done by this list of top tier musicians, Max Bygraves; Peter Sellers; Tommy Trinder; Chas 'n' Dave; Ken Stanley & The Pubsters; Charles Keeping; Bernard Bedford; The Two Bills From Bermondsey.

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12 hours ago, neil said:

Track 3 - "Boiled Beef and Carrots" by Lenny Henry

This was a real shocker for me. Lenny Henry doing a song? What on earth is this gonna sound like? Wasn't expecting this banger of a tune about a delightfully bland dinner. Dropped this in 1975, which is interesting, because who the fuck was Lenny Henry in the 70s? I only remember him appearing in the 80s. So was this his original plan? Be a pop start or summink?

 

In '75 he was touring with, weirdly, the Black & White Minstrel Show. 

The song is an old music hall number by Harry Champion, who's most famous for one of the earliest versions of "I'm Henry VIII, I Am". It's been done by Max Bygraves and Peter Sellers, and it's basically meant to be a stereotypical Cockney song. I'm guessing the joke behind Lenny Henry doing it, given that it's at the time of him doing the Minstrel Show and New Faces, was that it would be considered the height of comedy for a black man to sing a cockney song. 

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Track 4 - "Our House" by Sid James

 

I was really hoping this was going to be Sid James doing a cover of Madness' "Our House" but of course Sid was dead long before that.

This little ditty reminds me a lot of the song from the ending of Bugsy Malone

Which speaking of, my mum knows one of the dancers from that scene.

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Track 5 - "The Harvest Of Love" by Benny Hill

Here's cheeky chap Benny Hill dropping a comedy song, this even has its own wiki page.

He's doing a yokel accent singing about farming but wink wink its about shagging aint it?

As youtube commenter "Toby Banks" says on the above video "About time this song was here." 

Couldn't agree more.

Also noticing a trend in that every song on this compilation comes from Pye Records.

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Track 6 - "Am I Just A Pretty Face"

Here's the UK's camp Bruce Forsyth with an absolutely dreadful song

Awful. He's more known for the catchphrase "Shut that door!", and had a song titled that which is actually far superior with lots of gay jokes thrown in.

 

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If you had to guess what the title of a Bruce Forsyth song would be I'd imagine you'd guess:

Track 7 - "Chin Up" by Bruce Forsyth

 

Yeah no surprises what this song is about. Keep your chin up coz Bruce has a big chin don't he. Although the video thumbnail highlights that Bruce has nothing on Jimmy Hill.

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