Daft Little Ditties
If you know me at all, you’ll know I enjoy barmy old songs, especially those with a touch of the surreal. Dear Reader, let me introduce you just three little gems.
It’s Party Time Again, by George van Dusen
You might actually know this one, since apparently it was played a lot by Terry Wogan in the 70s. George Van Dusen’s recordings were hugely popular in the 1930s. George was known as The Great Dutch Yodeller , throughout his long career, despite being born no nearer Holland than the East End. I love bonkers stuff like this, which have a joyous infectious effect on me.
Birdsong at Eventide, by Ronnie Ronalde
Ronnie Ronalde (born in 1923 in London) is (yes “is”, he’s still alive) a music hall singer and siffleur (click it if you don’t know the word). Ronalde is famous for his voice, whistling, yodelling, and imitations of bird song. “His crystal clear yodelling gained him acceptance with connoisseurs of Alpine and Western music around the world” it says here.
I Want to be Bad, by Helen Kane
If it’s wrong to let someone take
Just a little kiss by mistake,
Let a lady confess,
I want to be ba-da-da-da-da-da
Helen Kane was an American popular singer, whose theme song was “I Wanna Be Loved By You”. Her voice and appearance were a likely source for Betty Boop. Boop-oop-idoo.