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Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden. See above.

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Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Frosty The Snowman Exposed

Being dragged through miles of shopping arcades, I whiled away the boredom by conjuring up tunes in my mind which would take me away from the Xmas rubbish blaring from the Tannoy . Then, suddenly, there it was, a lovely old song the title of which completely eluded me. Nothing unusual in this as my memory, like many other of my faculties has long passed its intended purpose. So, I hummed the haunting melody to she who lead the way through the hordes. “Do you know what this is called” I asked. “I'm sure it is from the 1940s”  I hummed the lovely old melody again. “Nutter” said my wife Dotty, “it's Frosty The Snowman”
Arriving home, I searched what remains of my memory for the lyric of my new-found old song. With super human effort I forced my thoughts away from drivel of Frosty the flipping Snowman until I hit upon the belief that it was something to do with Monday, or was it Tuesday or it might be Wednesday. Armed with my new evidence I again requested help from Dotty. “It's Frosty the Snowman” Said she who knows everything.
After her murder, I sheltered in the confines of my cellar with my PC and turned the dial to YouTube
Eureka. I found it. Not Monday or Tuesday No. It was SUNDAY. Yep, I had it.
“SOME SUNDAY MORNING” sung by Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes in 1945 - to the tune of  - “Frosty the F,,,.......ing Snowman”
George Watt.

2 comments :

Lance said...

Helen Forrest was a superb singer.

Piano player said...

It would be more accurate to say that Frosty the Snowman (1950) is to the tune of Some Sunday Morning (1945). I happened upon the latter in a book of piano music today, and immediately wondered which came first. For two popular songs released five years apart, it's quite surprising a bigger deal hasn't been made of it. This blog post is the first hit Google gave me on the similarities between the two songs.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
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