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THIS MONTH’S PARODY (Apr 15) Sudden Light / I Have Been Here Before

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) Sudden Light Sudden Light was written in 1853 or thereabouts, and first published in 1863 in Poems: An Offering to Lancashire. It appeared in various versions over the next three decades, finally ending with a different last verse (see below) to that originally published. Rossetti’s déjà vu of an intimate relationship…

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THIS MONTH’S PARODY (Mar 15) Just One Of Those Things

JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS Cole Porter The song is best known from its appearance in the 1960 film Can-Can when it was sung by Maurice Chevalier, but it was originally written by Cole Porter for the 1935 musical Jubilee. The title, however, goes back further: Porter wrote a song with this title for the 1930…

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FAVOURITE YOUTUBES

  Thomas Trotter rehearsing my Toccata Festiva on the organ of Birmingham Town Hall in March 2012 (with me as page turner). He gave the world premiere later that day. https://youtu.be/GRSZQiuPhTs Here’s the great Victor Borge in a rarely seen routine with the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1986. He is one of my comedy heroes and…

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THIS MONTH’S PARODY (Feb 15) It’s very clear…

LOVE IS HERE TO STAY by George & Ira Gershwin. This great classic of the American song book was penned for the movie The Goldwyn Follies in 1938. It was the last composition of George, the lyrics being added after his untimely death by brother Ira. The parody by the magnificent Allan Sherman (1924-73) comes…

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THIS MONTH’S PARODY (Jan 15) Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

DON’T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE (Lyrics by Bob Russel, Music by Duke Ellington) This was written by Ellington as a big band instrumental number in 1940. The lyrics were added two years later and the Ink Spots had a Number One hit with it the year after that. It’s been recorded many times, of course,…

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THIS MONTH’S PARODY (Nov 14) If you were the only girl in the world

IF YOU WERE THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD Lyrics by Clifford Grey, music by Nat. D Ayer The song was published in 1916 and introduced on 19 April 1916 at the premiere of the musical / revue The Bing Boys Are Here at the The Alhambra, Leicester Square. It was a duet sung by its…

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