donderdag 13 april 2017

The Lincolnshire Poacher (1800's / The Chandler's Wife (1832) / The Tailor's Boy (1832) / The Farmer's Servant (1860) / Peg-Leg Jack (1929) / The Thing (1950) / Het Ding (1950) / St. Thomas (1956)

"The Thing" is a hit novelty song by Charles Randolph Grean which received much airplay in 1950.
The record entered the Billboard charts on November 17, 1950. It lasted 14 weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 1.

The Thing (song) - Wikipedia

The words were set to a English folk tune from 1832 called "The Chandler's Wife" (sometimes called "The Tailor's Boy" or "The Farmer's Servant")
This folk tune on his turn was derived from "The Lincolnshire Poacher". a traditional from the 18th century

The Lincolnshire Poacher - Wikipedia

The Lincolnshire Poacher (Roud 299)

Lincolnshire Poacher, The

Bodleian Harding B 25(1508), "The Poacher" ("When I was bound apprentice in fair Lincolnshire"), dated between 1780 and 1812

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"Lincolnshire Poacher" is melodically similar to "The Chandler's Wife"

Chandler's Wife, The

Bodleian Harding B 25(356), "The Chandler's Wife" ("A Taylor-boy went out one day"),
dated around 1832

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"The Chandler's Wife" is lyrically and melodically almost similar to "The Tailor's Boy".

Tailor's Boy, The

Bodleian Harding B 27(52), "The Tailor's Boy" ("A tailor's boy went on one night some candles for to bring"), dated around 1832

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(o) Debroy Somers Band (1929)  ("Lincolnshire Poacher" (part of "A Hunting Medley")
Recorded January 3, 1929 in London
Released on Columbia 9623

In 1929 Frank Luther and Carson Robison wrote new words to this traditional tune and  re-titled it "Peg-Leg Jack".

(o) Frank Luther (1929)  (as "Peg-Leg Jack")
Carson Robison: guitar/harmonica, Murray Kellner: fiddle
Recorded May 1929 in New York
Released on Brunswick 4371

(c) Stuart Robertson (1931) (as "Lincolnshire Poacher")

78 RPM - Stuart Robertson - The Lincolnshire Poacher / The Vicar Of Bray - His Master's Voice - UK - B 3971

Stuart Robertson (2) - The Lincolnshire Poacher (Shellac) at Discogs

(c) New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (1931)  ("Lincolnshire Poacher" (part of "Savoy Hunting Medley")
Recorded August 27, 1931 n London
Released on His Master's Voice # B-6089

Ray Noble #3 Recorded 1931 - 1932

(c) Tex Morton (1937) (as "Peg Leg Jack")
Recorded July 1, 1937 Columbia Studios, Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Released on Regal Zonophone G-23167

(c) Warde H. Ford (1938) (as "The Tailor Boy")
Recorded December 1938 in Boomtown [Central Valley], Shasta County, California.

The tailor boy | Library of Congress

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"The Lincolnshire Poacher" was also sung in the 1940 film Tom Brown's School Days by the Rugby students and is the theme song of the movie.
The Rugby students sing the song in their dining hall to celebrate a victory for the school in sports.

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Shortly after the Second World War, the Central Office Of Information made a cartoon of the song "The Lincolnshire Poacher" for the British Council. According to documents deposited with the Public Record Office (in file INF 6/735), W. Larkins & Co were commissioned to produce the film and a film of "The Lincolnshire Poacher" for slightly over two thousand pounds. Originally estimated to run for eight minutes, they would eventually run for eleven, and were scored by Hubert Clifford and sung by Dale Smith and a male voice quartet.

(c) Dale Smith and Male Voice Quartet (1947) (as "The Lincolnshire Poacher")

British Council Film: The Lincolnshire Poacher

Two bars from the song ‘The Lincolnshire Poacher’ are famously associated with their use as an interval signal on a mysterious radio numbers station, believed to have been operated by the British Secret Service from the 1970s until 2008.

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(c) Richard Dyer-Bennet (1941) (as "The Lincolnshier Poacher")
Released in 1941 on record # 517-B of the album "Lute Singer - Ballads and Folk Songs"
Keynote Recordings album #108

KEYNOTE 78rpm numerical listing discography

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In 1950 Phil Harris rewrote this traditional song and had a Millionseller in the USA.

(c) Phil Harris (1950) (as "The Thing")  (Nr 1 Hit USA)
Recorded October 13, 1950
Released on RCA Victor 3968

78 RPM - Phil Harris - Goofus / The Thing - RCA Victor - USA - 20-3968

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Cover versions of "The Thing" were recorded by Arthur Godfrey, Danny Kaye, Kidsongs, Ray Charles, Teresa Brewer and Australian orchestra leader Les Welch.

(c) Teresa Brewer (1950) (as "The Thing")
Recorded end October 1950 in New York City
Released by London Records as catalog number 873

(c) Arthur Godfrey (1950)  (as "The Thing") (Hit USA)
Recorded November 1950
Released on Columbia 919 and 39068

(c) Ames Brothers (1950) (as "The Thing") (Hit USA)
Recorded November 6, 1950 Decca Recording Studio, New York City
Released on Coral 60333

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(c) June Carter (1950)
Recorded November 10, Nashville, TN
Released on RCA Victor # 21-0411

78 RPM - June Carter - The Thing / Winkin' And A-blinkin' - RCA Victor - USA - 21-0411

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(c) Danny Kaye (1950)
Recorded November, 12, 1950 in Los Angeles
Released on Decca 27350

78 RPM - Danny Kaye - The Thing / The Little White Duck - Decca - Canada - 27350

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(c) Phil Morrow's Music (1951) (Hit UK)
Released January 1951 on Columbia DB 2795

78 RPM - Phil Morrow's Music - The Thing / The Flying Saucer - Columbia - UK - D.B. 2795

(c) Orkest Zonder Naam (1950)  (as "Het Ding")
Dutch lyrics by Jan de Cler and Dico v/d Meer)
Released end 1950 on Decca M 33103

78 RPM - Orkest Zonder Naam - Het Ding / Du Bist Die Rose Vom Wörthersee - Decca - Netherlands - M 33103

End 1950 there was quite a sensation in The Netherlands around the song "Het Ding".
Read all about it here: Het Ding sensatie om een liedje

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(c) Bob Scholte (1950)  (as "Het Ding")
With choir and orchestra (directed by Emile Deltour)
Released December 1950 on Decca 21.292

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(c) Les Welch (1951)
Recording was made in January 1951
Released by Pacific Records, an Australian company, as catalog number 10-0051

Singles Discography for Pacific Records - OZ

Les Welch And His Orchestra / Les Welch And His Boogie Woogie Four* - The Thing / Boogie Woogie Stampede (Shellac) at Discogs

(c) Gösta Jonsson (1951) (as "Den Franska Biljetten")
Swedish lyrics by Eric Sandström

78 RPM - Gösta Jonsson - Den Franska Biljetten (The Thing) / Det är Nån'ting Jag Går Och Väntar På - Sonora Elit - Sweden - 7561

(c) Povel Ramel (1951) (as "Den Franska Biljetten")
Swedish lyrics by Eric Sandström and Povel Ramel

Povel Ramel-sällskapet

(c) Jens og Erik (1951) (as "Tingen")
Norvegian lyrics by Erik Diesen

78 RPM - Jens Og Erik - Havnens Lys (Harbour Lights) / Tingen (The Thing) - Musica - Norway - A 3033

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Charles Aznavour was responsible for the lyrics of the French version.
This version was performed by various artists:

Les Compagnons de la Chanson on the Columbia-label
Andrex on the Pathe-label
Raymond Girerd on the Decca-label
Marcel Coestier on the Odeon-label
Maurice Chevalier on the Polydor-label
Jacques Helian on the Pathe-label

(c) Les Compagnons de la Chanson (1951) (as "L'Objet")
French lyrics by Charles Aznavour
Released in 1951 on Columbia BF 357

Encyclopédisque - Disque : Aux marches du palais / L'objet

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(c) Maurice Chevalier (1951) (as "L'Objet")
French lyrics by Charles Aznavour
Released in 1951 on Polydor 560.300

Mais qui est-ce ? / L'objet by Maurice Chevalier (Single, Chanson): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music

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(c) Andrex (1951)  (as "L'Objet")
French lyrics by Charles Aznavour
Released March 1951 on Pathe PG 476

78 RPM - Andrex - L'Objet (The Thing) / M'sieur Gaston - Pathé - France - PG 476

(c) Oscar Brand (1955)  (as "The Chandler's Wife")

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In 1953 Harry Cox recorded "The Farmer's Servant", which is melodically derived from "The Lincolnshire Poacher"

"The Farmer's Servant" is a version of Roud #792: dated between 1860 and 1883

(c) Harry Cox (1953)  (as "The Farmer's Servant")
Recorded by Alan Lomax in Sutton, Norfolk in October 1953

(c) A.L. Lloyd (1956)  (as "The Farmer's Servant")

In the album's sleeve-notes Lloyd said:

Those who don't know him imagine the East Anglian farm-hand to be deferential, even servile. Nothing is further from the truth. He is, as the songs say, inclined to mind his master's business “as servants always done”. But under that innocent phrase lies a sly meaning that many a master has never appreciated until it was too late. In melody, the song is a cousin of the well-known Lincolnshire Poacher. In shape, it recalls the commercial hit of a year or two back, The Thing. It is a song that evokes a nudge, a wink and a quickly stifled guffaw, if the squire is with his friends in the adjacent saloon bar.

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(c) Paul Clayton (1958)  (as "The Farmer's Servant")

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(c) Sonny Rollins (1956)  (as "St. Thomas")

"St. Thomas" is perhaps the most recognizable instrumental in the repertoire of American jazz tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, who is usually credited as its composer. However, it is actually based on "The Lincolnshire Poacher".
By way of the folk process, "The Lincolnshire Poacher" evolved into a nursery song in the Virgin Islands, which Rollins' mother sang to him when he was a child. As such, it has a distinct Caribbean vibe to it.

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(c) Johnny Restivo (1959)  (as "The Thing")
Released on the album "Oh Johnny" (RCA LSP 2149)

Johnny Restivo Discography

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(c) Peter Pears (1962) (as "The Lincolnshire Poacher")
Arranged and directed by Benjamin Britten.

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(c) Richard Dyer-Bennet (1962)  (as "The Lincolnshire Poacher")

Richard Dyer-Bennet, Vol. 10 | Smithsonian Folkways

Richard Dyer-Bennet - 10 (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

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(c) Richard Dyer-Bennet (1962)  (as "The Tailor's Boy")

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(c) Ray Charles (1964) (as "The Thing")
Recording was made on July 13, 1963
Released on the album Have a Smile with Me (ABC 495)

Vinyl Album - Ray Charles - Have A Smile With Me - ABC-Paramount - USA

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(c) The Spinners (1970) (as "The Lincolnshire Poacher")

The Spinners - Are In Town (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs

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(c) John Roberts and Tony Barrand (1971) (as "The Lincolnshire Poacher")

John Roberts & Tony Barrand, Nowell Sing We Clear, Ye Mariners All

John Roberts (11) & Tony Barrand - Spencer The Rover Is Alive And Well And Living In Ithaca (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

Roberts and Barrand - Wikipedia

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(c) Claude Francois (1976)  (as "L'Objet")

Encyclopédisque - Disque : Pour les jeunes de 8 à 88 ans

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In 1978, the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band issued "The Lincolnshire Poacher" as its follow-up single to their successful "The Floral Dance", and it was included on the 1978 album The Floral Dance.

(c) Brighouse and Rastrick Band (1978)  (as "The Lincolnshire Poacher")

45cat - The Brighouse And Rastrick Band - The Lincolnshire Poacher / Tijuana Tuba - Logo - UK - GO 308

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(c) Leo, Leo and Leo (1980)  (as "Het Ding")

Leo Leo en Leo |

45cat - Leo, Leo en Leo - Het Ding / Russian Leo - A&R - Netherlands - ANR 9488

In 2012 "The Chandler's Wife" was a bonustrack on the Original Broadway Cast Recording of the musical "Once"

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