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

george van dusenYou 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

mzi.jlemetrt.170x170-75Ronnie 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

250px-Helen_kaneHelen 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.


About wombat37

A Yorkshireman in the green hills of Lancashire, UK Not a real wombat, obviously, or typing would become an issue. I do have short legs and a hairy nose, however. Oh, & a distinctive smell.

Posted on January 8, 2012, in Music. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. the picture of the Dutch Yodeller was enough to make me fall out of my chair laughing.


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