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Friday on my Mind 111: I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman

What a piece of one-hit wondery this is. The ultimate in novelty tunes. Not only the peculiar title (only beaten in the what-on-Earth-is-that-all-about? stakes by They’re Coming to Take me Away Ha-haaa!) but the fact that the tune is never sung but only whistled.

The “performer” in the clip isn’t Whistling Jack Smith, whose identity some say is unknown, but according to Wiki was a member of the Mike Sammes singers. Instead the guy prancing around is an actor, who the Wiki article says is one Billy Moeller.

Whistling Jack Smith: I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman

Until I looked the tune up I hadn’t known Pat Boone covered it!

Friday on my Mind 109: 2 Days Monday: Do You Remember?

Well, today’s Friday; but this one takes in every day of the week.

From The Scaffold, famous for containing not only Paul McCartney’s brother, Peter Michael McCartney aka Mike McGear, but also poet Roger McGough and Tiswas stalwart John Gorman.

Their big hits were Thank U Very Much and Lily the Pink, the latter a perfect match for the Canadian Barn Dance. But I also remember fondly Do You Remember?.

Clearly (2 Days Monday, Thank U Very Much) txt spk was alive and kicking in the 60s.

The Scaffold: 2 Days Monday

The Scaffold: Do You Remember?

Friday on my Mind 109: Itchycoo Park – RIP Ian McLagan

I was sorry to hear yesterday morning of the death of Ian McLagan, keyboard player with the Small Faces and The Faces.

Itchycoo Park was a departure for the group, its phasing making it a part of the mid-60s psychedelia trend, but it does foreground his keyboard playing.

The Small Faces: Itchycoo Park

Ian Patrick ‘Mac’ McLagan; 12/5/1945 – 3/12/2014. So it goes.

Friday on my Mind 108: Hung Up On a Dream

It’s possible the Zombies may have been listening to Nirvana (the real Nirvana, see link and my Nirvana category) before they recorded this album track.

Whether that’s true or not there’s a great mellotron sound on this song, which was written by keyboard player Rod Argent.

The Zombies: Hung Up On a Dream

Friday on my Mind 107: Perfidia

Another of my brother’s 1960s singles. An instrumental this time.

The Ventures were a sort of US version of The Shadows. Or The Shadows were a UK version of The Ventures. Take your pick.

The Ventures: Perfidia

And here’s a rarity. Walk Don’t Run in stereo.

The Ventures: Walk Don’t Run

Friday on my Mind 106: Buona Sera (RIP Acker Bilk)

I had been meaning to post more of my elder brothers early 60s singles (see my Friday on my Mind category nos. 53-56) in this slot anyway but the news of Acker Bilk’s death tipped my hand towards the only one of Acker’s records he bought. Not Bilk’s signature tune, Stranger on the Shore, but the much jazzier Buona Sera.

Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band: Buona Sera

Bernard Stanley “Acker” Bilk: 28/1/1929 – 2/11/2014. So it goes.

Friday on my Mind 105: Season of the Witch

Well it is Hallowe’en.

Donovan: Season of the Witch

(Since the video of my original posting of this song at Not Friday on my Mind 8 has been taken down this seemed a good opportunity to replace it.)

Not Friday On My Mind 24: RIP Jack Bruce.

And today it was Jack Bruce. I heard him on the radio about six months ago promoting a new album and while he sounded a bit fragile he didn’t seem to be ill. Sad.

I remember Cream from the rather unCream-like Wrapping Paper on through I Feel Free to Badge which was no 15 in my “Friday on my Mind” category.

Bruce’s bass playing is more to the fore on this song.

Sunshine of Your Love

John Symon Asher (Jack) Bruce, 14/5/1943 – 25/10/2014. So it goes.

Friday on my Mind 104: Reputation

A bit of proggy psychedelia. Just for a change.

This sounds a bit like Nirvana (the real Nirvana) but it’s a bit too fuzzy and fussy.

One of Shy Limbs’ members was a certain Greg Lake.

Shy Limbs: Reputation

Glenn Cornick

I just read today of the death of Glenn Cornick, first bassist for Jethro Tull. This was at the time when the band had a very bluesy sound.

At first I thought of marking his passing with Driving Song, the B-side of the Living in the Past single, but its last line isn’t very appropriate in this context.

Instead I’ve chosen Tull’s first – albeit minor – hit.

Love Story was the first time I’d heard Tull – it wasn’t till a few years later and the Living in the Past compilation LP that I realised there had been two singles before this; their first was credited erroneously as by Jethro Toe!

Jethro Tull: Love Story

Glenn Douglas Barnard Cornick: 23/4/1947 – 28/8/2014. So it goes.

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