Goofy Songs

NOVELTY SONGS

 

I am a big fan of novelty songs.  Some songs are so goofy that I just love listening to them.  Novelty songs do something to me that I can't quite explain.  I have taken the liberty to assemble eight novelty songs onto this Hub.  I have provided links to video versions of them for your viewing pleasure.

DESMOND DEKKER
DESMOND DEKKER

THE ISRAELITES

My favorite novelty song of all time is The Israelites by Desmond Dekker and the Aces.

Dekker co-wrote the song, which became a # 1 hit record in the U.S. and the U.K. in 1968.

The Israelites was the first song from Jamaica, and the first ska (its musical genre, a forerunner to Reggae) song, to become an international best seller.

Desmond Dekker, from Kingston, is referenced in the Beatles own ska tune, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, with the lyric line"Desmond has a barrow in the marketplace."

Desmond Dekker died of a heart attack at his home in England in 2006.

CHEECH AND CHONG
CHEECH AND CHONG

BASKETBALL JONES

Basketball Jones was written by the hugely successful counter-culture comic duo Cheech and Chong.

It is a parody of the 1972 soul ballad Love Jones.

Basketball Jones was made into an animated short film in 1974, featuring a character named Tyrone Shoelaces; his singling stylings were voiced by Cheech Marin.

Basketball Jones features an all-star band with George Harrison on guitar; Carole King on electric piano; Tom Scott on Saxophone; Billy Preston on organ; Nicky Hopkins on piano; and vocals by Ronnie Spector and Michelle Phillips.

TEX WILLIAMS
TEX WILLIAMS

SHAME ON YOU

 

Shame on You is a western swing song written and performed by Spade Cooley, with vocals supplied by Tex Williams.  Shame on You was the #1 song for 31 weeks in 1945.  I dig the style and the lyrics of Shame on You.  Spade Cooley (1910-1969) was from Oklahoma.  He was a fairly big star before he murdered his wife. He was not only a bandleader but also hosted a popular television program and acted in 38 western films.  Two short films were made about him in the 1950s.  Tragically, his wife asked him for a divorce while he was drunk, and he beat her to death. He served eight years in prison before dying there of a heart attack. Tex Williams was from Illinois, born in 1917, and he died of pancreatic cancer in 1985.

ROLF HARRIS
ROLF HARRIS

TIE ME KANGAROO DOWN SPORT

 

Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport is a novelty song written and performed by Rolf Harris.  Rolf Harris was from Perth, Australia, the most isolated metropolitan area in the world.  There he was a champion swimmer, before moving to England in 1952, where he still lives today.  Rolf Harris has been married for 52 years to the same woman, herself a sculptor and jewelry designer. Harris is also a painter and the long-time host of a British television program.  The distinctive percussive sound heard throughout the song is an instrument invented by Rolf Harris, the Wobble Board, actually a 2 foot by 3 foot piece of Masonite.  He also played the aboriginal wind instrument the Didgeridoo.  Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport hit # 1 on the U.S. charts in 1963, having done the same in the U.K. three years earlier.  The song has been heard in many American television series, including the "Farewell, Nervosa" episode of Frasier, when it was performed by Elvis Costello.  A live recording is extant of the Beatles playing Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport with Harris on BBC Radio. 

MINNIE SMALL
MINNIE SMALL

MY BOY LOLLIPOP

MY BOY LOLLIPOP

 

My Boy Lollipop was the first ska hit song, going to # 2 in the U.S. and the U.K. in 1964.  It proved to be a massive hit, selling over seven million copies.  My Boy Lollipop is by the Jamaican singer Millie Small, the possessor of an unusual voice.   I'm not sure what My Boy Lollipop is about, but many artists around the world have covered the song since.  Rush Limbaugh, the American radio personality, uses the song to alert his regular listeners that he has an update regarding the antics of gay congressman, Barney Frank. To quote Forrest Gump, "That's all I'm going to say about that."  Millie Small, the daughter of the superintendent of a sugar plantation, settled in London in the 1960s and lives there today.

LARRY VERNE
LARRY VERNE

PLEASE MR CUSTER

PLEASE MR CUSTER

Mr. Custer is a novelty song about a soldier who begs General George Custer not to make him fight in the Battle of Little Big Horn against the Sioux Indians.

Mr. Custer was sung by Larry Verne, who was from Minneapolis (b. 1936).

Mr. Custer sold over a million records and reached the top of the charts in the United States in 1960.

I see a lot of humor in it.

It was my favorite song as a five-year-old.

Larry Verne went on to a thirty-five year career as a Hollywood set designer.

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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago Author

anndavis25— Yes, they certainly do, stick with us and cheer us up. I love these goofy songs. They never get old to me.

Thank you for your kind comments. I appreciate this visitation. :-)


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

James, the goofy songs are the ones that cheer us up. If you think back, in times of national trouble, we cling to the music that gives us hope. WWII: "Hut Sut Rawlson on a Rilla Rah", and "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree". They seem to stick with us and bring little smiles.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

Alastar Packer— You are most welcome. Thank you for taking the time to check this out, my friend. I had a load of fun putting this together. Sometimes one needs a break from all the seriousness. :D

That Frank Zappa was a genius. No doubt about that. That video is a hoot. I am glad you watched it. And I appreciate your comments.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

So glad i saw this one. What a treat. The only one familiar with was Winchester Cathedral and then barely. WOW! What a performance by that genius Zappa. Ha James he literally had a girl or two making love to him right there on the edge of the stage! Thank you my friend. Might be coming back for more.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

tillsontitan— "Basketball Jones" is a classic. I am glad to have brought back memories for you. Thank you for the compliment and the voted up. I'll be over soon to see what you've been writing.


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York

Boy does your hub bring back memories. I must admit I never heard of Basketball Jones tho. I believe these songs are part of r&r's foundation. Great job. Voted up.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

Rod Marsden— Thank you for checking out my Hub and the vote up. I too appreciate the efforts toward the arts by Rolf Harris, and his creativity. I appreciate your thoughtful and insightful comments.

I hear you on "My Boy Lollipop." It is a catchy tune, to be sure. Definitely not a song to be sung by a normal man. :D


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Rod Marsden 5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

I will vote up. Rolf Harris was a great entertainer in his day. He encouraged the young to have a go at art which is great. Six White Boombers was his Christmas song and just about as Australian as you can get. And it remains a fun song.

I don't think I am game to tell you what My Boy Lollipop means except to say it should always be sung by a female type person or, to put it another way, I would prefer it sung by a female type person. 'Nuff said on that one!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

nickupton— Yes, Rolf had a real talent for what I call goofy songs. He made quite a career out of them. Thank you for visiting and commenting.


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nickupton 5 years ago from Bangkok

Love Rolf Harris - he has loads of great novelty songs - Jake The Peg, This is what they call a didgeridoo......


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

angie ashbourne— Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

You have a friend who plays the Didgeridoo!? That is amazing! I love the sound.

Thanks Angie for visiting my Hub. Your comments are most welcome too.

James


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angie ashbourne 5 years ago

Hi! Cool Hub....I like Cheech & Chong,I like Frank Zappa music and I have a friend who plays the Didgeridoo.

Angie


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

Billrrrr— You're welcome. The Spade Cooley video won't play in Cape Cod?

That is interesting that you had some of these Western Swing records. I had some too, but they are lost to the mists of time.

I am glad you liked my selections. Thanks for visiting and commenting.


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Billrrrr 5 years ago from Cape Cod

I was a Western Swing fan in the early 1950s and actually bought Bob Wills and Spade Cooley on 78 rpm discs. He was a bad man - even before killing his wife he had many problems. The video won't play in my country, but all the others do play and you stocked this hub with the best! Thanks


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

PegCole17— "Henry the Eighth" and "Little Deuce Coupe" are classics in the genre, to be sure. I am glad you were entertained by this Hub. Thanks for saying so. I appreciate the visit and your comments. It is something how these little tunes can stick in your head all day. :-)


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These are the kind of songs that hubby sings to me in the morning to make them stick with me all day (and think of him fondly LOL). eeeaaaahhhh! Now I'm gonna sing "Israelites" all day. Great songs and fun hub.

How about Henry the Eighth? and Little Deuce Coupe? Those are two of his favorite teasers. Cheers to you James, very very entertaining. Peg


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

vocalcoach— Thank you!! I'm glad you enjoyed this Hub. It was a pleasure to put together. I sincerely appreciate your enthusiastic accolades! It is always good to hear from you. :D


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

What a magnificent hub!!!! I thoroughly enjoyed it. The selection of songs are just great. An excellent topic and full of fun. I did not know that Spade Cooley murdered his wife. I will be back to be intertained again and again. Wonderful achievement James. :)


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago Author

Fullerman5000— Cheech and Chong were utterly hilarious, especially early on. This Hub was fun to put together. Thank you for visiting and commenting. :)


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Fullerman5000 5 years ago from Louisiana, USA

this was a fun hub, though i have not heard of most of these songs. Love me some Cheech and Chong.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

steffsings— Thank you for saying so! I appreciate you for coming by and letting me know you were here, my dear.


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steffsings 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

Awww... Memories and some funny surprises too. Great hub!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

stars439— Thank you! Thank you very much. :D


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Michael Ray King— I love these tunes. The song you provided the link for is funny. "Cow Tse Tongue" indeed! Thanks for that. And for the visitation.


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful hub. Love funny songs. God Bless You James.


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Michael Ray King 6 years ago from Palm Coast

What a fun Hub! I knew them all but Zappa's. Novelty songs are great. Here's one of my favorites! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPW0pkEY_3E


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

tony0724— Lime in the coconut! I love that song! Yes, Basketball Jones did have an all-star cast. Not a very PC song. Probably couldn't get away with it today.

Thanks for visiting and commenting, my friend.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Pollyannalana— No need to be sorry at all. I thought it was funny. Drug cartel? hmmm . . . I don't understand.

Thanks for visiting my Hub. I always enjoy our interactions.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Boy James what a trip down memory lane ! I kinda liked Winchester Cathdral when I was a kid. And remember " Line in the cocunut " by Harry Niilson ? I thought that one was kinda fun and different too ! Oh side note, kinda crazy " Basketball Jones " had such an all star cast !


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

These are great songs, well many of them. Sorry... I changed your p to a t, it was only a poem, am sure no one took it serious, if they even read it. I am mostly murderous now waiting for the drug cartel to come for me, everyone wanting to know who I really am, like I would tell.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

kennynext— I'm glad you enjoyed my Hub. You are welcome and thank you for visiting and commenting. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

DeBorrah K. Ogans— Well, thank you my dear. As you know I write about some pretty heavy subjects oft times but I didn't want to go on summer break without leaving a bit of humor. I appreciate you for coming by and for leaving your gracious words.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

muley84— I am taking the summer off from writing Hubs to concentrate on my book I am writing—which has now morphed into at least two books, if not four. Thank you for your warm words, my brother. Let's stay in touch.


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kennynext 6 years ago from Everywhere

I love the goofy songs. They were all great. Thanks for bringing this all together.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

James A Watkins, How clever! I am not familiar with most of these songs …? I must say this was humorously and tastefully presented it also shows your versatility my brother! In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!


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muley84 6 years ago from Miami,FL

Hi James i am still your pal. I have been very busy at work so I have been writing less, and reading others even lesser. I still love you and your writing.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

muley84— Hey! It's great to hear from you again. You know, this is odd, because I wondered about you just the other day. You were one of my first pals on HubPages. I am doing reasonably well. Thank you for coming to visit. I'll be visiting you soon as well. I'm glad you liked the article. That Zappa was something else, alright. :D


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

rose56— Thanks for coming by to visit, and for the thumbs up! I am glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate you letting me know. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!


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muley84 6 years ago from Miami,FL

Hi James, fantastic hub! I consider myself a rock n roll historian, but I learned some new things in your hub. Great trivia with the line about Desmond in OblaDi. I am also a huge Frank Zappa fan. I still consider "The Slime" off the same album as "Dinah Moe Hum" to be the first rap song. I still miss him. Hope you are well.


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rose56 6 years ago

This was so cool . I just loved it.very enjoyable. cant wait to read more . I had to give this a vote up.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Don Bobbitt— You're welcome. Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed it.


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Don Bobbitt 6 years ago from Ruskin Florida

You are the Man, James! Good Fun for me tonight! Thanks!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

pollyannalana— Will do. I've made myself a note to do so. :-)


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

dugger62— I really dig those movies, too, friend. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my Hub. :)


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

epigramman— You're funny! I surely look forward to your lovely comments that uplift the spirit and encourage the soul. Thank you, my friend. You are a blessing.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Paraglider— Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out.


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Please look it up sometime, it is really cooooooool, no kidding!


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dugger62 6 years ago from Colorado

I love the movies Cheech & Chong, up in smoke and a few others. Can't say I've heard of the others tho. Different tho.


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epigramman 6 years ago

it took me so long to scroll down to the bottom of this screen that I am not feeling goofy anymore - but I am feeling a lot of love and respect for a world class hub in which I intend to live ..... and of course the gentleman who looks like Sam Shepherd and writes like the wind and takes pictures with the eye of a hawk!


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

They were popular in Europe in late 70s. A good-time black band from Germany I think. Brown Girl in the Ring was their first biggie


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Paraglider— I must confess my ignorance. I don't know who Boney M is! But I will check it out on YouTube. It's always nice to hear from you.


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

I think almost everything by Boney M comes into the goofy camp, especially Ra Ra Rasputin!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

MaryRenee— My kind of town Chicago is! I am well pleased to read your laudations! Thank you very much. :D


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Dgenr8— Thank you! Thank you very much. I know you are a professional music critic so your applause means a lot to me. I love Ska! What a great beat.


MaryRenee 6 years ago

James: This hub is awesome, awesome, awesome! What a great idea for a hub, loved it! Bravo! :)


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Dgenr8 6 years ago

Awesome, great selection of tunes. I actually really like Dekker, used to listen to him all the time During the 3rd wave of Ska, back in the 90's. Great Genre actually, and it will be back...

Fantastic Hub.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Mighty Mom— Hello! I am well pleased to hear from you again. Ask and yea shall receive:

Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir,

so that every mouth can be fed.

Poor me, the Israelite. Aah.

Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir,

So that every mouth can be fed.

Poor me, the Israelite. Aah.

My wife and my kids, they are packed up and leave me.

Darling, she said, I was yours to be seen.

Poor me, the Israelite. Aah.

Shirt them a-tear up, trousers are gone.

I don't want to end up like Bonnie and Clyde.

Poor me, the Israelite. Aah.

After a storm there must be a calm.

They catch me in the farm. You sound the alarm.

Poor me, the Israelite. Aah.

Poor me, the Israelite.

I wonder who I'm working for.

Poor me, Israelite,

I look a-down and out, sir.

Thank you, MM, for coming to visit and for your warm words. You are most welcome, too. Perhaps a follow up is in order. I remember "King Tut" well, mostly because of that crazy dance. "In the Summertime" is a song that I have long loved and still do. It's just great. I do not recall the chewing gum tune. hmmm . . .


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

jiberish— Really! That is an amazing anecdote. Learning English through records? I'd never heard of such. Thank you for sharing that with me. I appreciate the visit and you are surely welcome.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

lisadpreston— None of them!? You must be a youngster! :D

Well, good for you, my dear. I was young once and I wish I was again.

Being a musician, I have surely heard more music than most. It was my life for a long time. Sure, I remember the Archies song, too. It's nice to hear from you again. Thanks for coming by.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

The '60s seemed to have quite a few "novelty" songs, although being a child then, I didn't recognize them as "novelty." I thought Winchester Cathedral was a cool song! LOVED The Isrealites -- always wanted to be able to understand the words!

Thanks for writing this hub, James.Great fun facts about the songwriters/performers.

I hope you would consider doing a II as there are lots of other novelties out there! A couple that come readily to mind:

"Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor On the Bedpost Overnight"

"King Tut" (Steve Martin I believe)

"In the Summertime" (Mungo Jerry)

probably lots more if I thought about it! Anyway, fun hub. MM


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Dolores Monet— I agree with you that the sixties was the heyday of novelty songs. I really enjoy them. I almost included "They're coming to take me away, Ha Ha!" It was among my finalists but at the end I cut a half a dozen tunes as to not make the Hub too long. That is one crazy song. Thanks for coming and commenting!


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jiberish 6 years ago from florida

James, music is trully a universal language. When we came to the states in 61 the Red Cross gave us an old record player and a box of 45's, and this is how I learned to speak English. Great memories, thanks!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Wayne Brown— Thanks for reminding me of Ray Stephens and letting me know he has a new song out on YouTube. I'm going to check it out. Stephens had a lot of funny songs. Roger Miller had a few great ones, too. I'm glad you had fun with this one, WB. Thank you for visiting.

James


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lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

Can't say that I've heard any of these songs. I must not be as old as you guys! He he he! It was fun though. You, being a musician, probably know all sorts of weird songs. My first recollection of my favorite song when I was a young, young kid was a song by the Archies. I don't know the name for sure but it goes, Ah sugar, ah honey honey, you are my candy girl, and you got me wantin you la la la la la la, it was a long, long time ago. Seems rather goofy but i still like it. LOL.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

James, I feel like I grew up in the heyday of novelty songs. The 60's were full of them. I actually enjoy Winchester Cathedral. But my favorite novelty song is 'They're Coming to Take Me Away,' about a man driven mad by his dog. The reverse side was the same song played backwards.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Allan McGregor— You are very witty, my friend. "Today he would be an even bigger star!" Superb comments. I love it when you visit.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Fun hub, James and a lot of great trivia. Please don't forget all the great Ray Stevens songs like "Ahab The Arab", "It's Me Again,Margaret", The Shriners'Convention" and he has a new one on illegal immigration now that you can hear on YouTube. I think it is called "Come To The USA". Best Regards, WB


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

ethel smith— I haven't heard that one. I'll have to check YouTube for it. Thanks for coming to visit and for your comments. It's nice to see you here.


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Allan McGregor 6 years ago from South Lanarkshire

Scariest thing about this hub is how many of these songs I remember from when they were new.

'Changed days: Different values', it occurred to me when I read your Tex Williams comment: 'He was a fairly big star before he murdered his wife.'

Today he would have been an even bigger star BECAUSE he murdered his wife. Today, innocence is held in contempt and immorality gathers its own following.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

This has brought back memories of other silly songs. Fun hub. As kids we used to sing ME EARS ARE ALIGHT to des dekker. lol


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Lissy MacMillan— Thank you! I wish I had remembered "Whip It" when I wrote this Hub because it is one of my absolute favorites! Devo just released a new album, too. Thanks for the reminder. This was an ommission I shouldn't have made.


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Lissy MacMillan 6 years ago from Chicago

Rolf Harris rules!! Great list... whip it by Devo I think qualifies?? They even wore goofy costumes in their video.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

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PeopleZWireless 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

HAHAHAHAHA! That is all I have to say


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

fastfreta— Thank you for taking the time to review my Hub. I appreciate the feedback. It's nice to see you here. I'll be coming round to read some of your work soon.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Kael Myril— Thank you for the additional comments. Is there something going on between you two that I should know about? :D


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

prasetio30— Thank you, my friend, for the expressions of appreciation and the Thumbs Up. I always enjoy hearing from you, Prasetio, and your Hubs are excellent, too.

James


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

the pink umbrella— Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

Well, Frank certainly had some hard core fans. If you watched the end of the video, he had a fan on stage who absolutely had a hard on for Frank—on his head. I must say, I laughed out loud. I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Thank you for coming.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Kael Myril— That is an interesting version. Thank you for that link. :)

I do love that song "The Israelites." "Basketball Jones" is a hoot and a half!! I have long loved that song "Shame on You." It is that line "dern your hide" that gets to me. I never knew about the murder until I wrote this Hub and I went snooping around for some biographical information and Wow! That was quite a story.

Thank you for your service to our country.

I think your OK with your hair. Scalping seems to have gone out of style at some juncture. I'm well pleased to have made you laugh. Thank you for coming by to visit and for your compliments. You are quite welcome as well.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California

Very interesting hub James, after listening to those songs, I can honestly say that I've never heard any on them, but the hub was good and entertaining. Great research.


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Kael Myril 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

Hahahaha, this article is 'focused lightly' on music like BP is paying a 'small fee' for the damage in the gulf. Hahahahaha. Sorry, Pink, I know I'm an ass, but I couldn't resist poking at your book report, all in good fun...I'm kinda sorry, but I found it to be COMPLETELY focused on music...


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

That was amazing. I never know about this before. And all the information made it clear. I like all the video, great and beautiful. You have good collection. I really appreciate that. Thumbs Up for you. As usual, I rate this hub.

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the pink umbrella 6 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

Wow, who was that crazy guest with a hard on for frank zappa. God, even if you admire someone, its just an article. The article was focused lightly on music. I enjoyed it.


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Kael Myril 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

Very nice, I loved it this introduction to these great songs, some of which I've heard, some of which...I had no idea.

The Isrealites is a great song and as an interesting side note a cover of it was made by Apache Indian with a guest appearance by Desmond. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qeWqYNrS8U&playnex...

Basketball Jones is just ridiculous, especially the three girls with 'Thursday, Friday & Saturday' on their asses...oh and he's dribbling the moon with his tongue at the end. Hmmmm...

Here's what got me. Out of the whole hub (and I enjoyed all of it) but what nailed me to the door was this phrase: (paraphrase) "Spade Cooley was from Oklahoma. He was a pretty big star. He murdered his wife. He was a band leader, hosted a television show, and acted in 38 film." Wait!...What? (I exaggerated slightly.) Hahaha, I'm not sure if that's one of his accomplishments or...perhaps his wannabe x was related to mine, that would explain it.

Please Mr. Custer, as an infantryman stationed at General Custer's original post and looking forward to Afghanistan...well, at least we don't have to worry about winding up bald.

Dinah-moe hum...I have a forty-dollar bill that says you can't make me...'nuff said. What you CAN do Mr. Watkins, is make me laugh and lose a half hour in a hub I was just breezing by. For that I thank you.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Storytellersrus— I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's nice to hear from you. Thank you for coming.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

v_kahleranderson— Thank you for coming by to view my Hub and for your gracious words. Your dad sounds pretty cool to me. I love classical music. I love all kinds of music except Rap. I remember Arthur Brown. "Fire!" And I saw Frampton in concert back when he was in Humble Pie. His live album is wonderfully made. I also was a huge fan of Motown. I recorded my 4th album in the actual Motown Studios in Detroit, though Motown Records had long since moved to LA.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Cari Jean— Well, it may be for the best that you hadn't heard these songs. They are rather silly. But I'm glad you enjoyed the stories and I thank you for letting me know that you did.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

strutzas— I'm glad you remember these songs. Thank you for checking out my Hub and leaving your words for me to read.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

niall.tubbs— Niall. You are welcome. Thank you for your profound pronouncements. I surely agree with you that:

"There is frailty in the human condition and worth a shared generous smile and bonding laugher,"particular to man". Humor amplifies our similarities,benign or malignant reveals our commonality."

Wow! That's great.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

Wealthmadehealthy— Frank Zappa is one of a kind, to be sure. I am glad I brought back some fond memories for you. Thank you very much for your comments and you are welcome.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

cosette— Yes, you are right. Political correctness was not yet in vogue back in those days. And things could be funny without profanity, too. I am glad you enjoyed this Hub. I was not familiar with that song. Thanks for the link. I appreciate the visit and the comments. Nice to hear from you. :)


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

YOU crack me up. I enjoyed listening to bits of all these songs... even the politically incorrect ones.


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v_kahleranderson 6 years ago from San Jose, California

Hello Mr. Watkins,

Very nice! Though these songs were not my kind of music, I will agree that they were entertaining. I grew up listening to Motown! And then I acquired a taste for other types of music because of my father: classical, mostly, and then even stuff like "Everything you wanted to hear from the Moog," and "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown." Though my father LOVED classic music, he had his moments of listening to a wide variety. I could not believed that he also liked Peter Frampton. My friends thought that funny and weird. But I thought him very cool!

Good, FUN Hub!


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

Ummmm, I have never heard of any of these songs. BUT I did enjoy learning about the history behind the musicians.


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strutzas 6 years ago from Kualapuu, Hawaii

very classics songs, I remember them when i was a child and its fun to grow up with this song.


niall.tubbs 6 years ago

James- "please Mr. Custer": love the sentiment,gets right to the heart of average Joe. Let us not take life too,too serious for its short,uncertain, and humorous.There is frailty in the human condition and worth a shared generous smile and bonding laugher,"particular to man".Humor amplifies our similarities,benign or malignant reveals our commonality;we see ourselves when we smile or laugh.Thanks for re-awaking memories.


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Wealthmadehealthy 6 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

Alright Zappa!! You have compiled a great list here, ones I used to listen to, forgot and you brought them all back to mind. Thank you for that!!! Awesome......Have a blessed day!!


cosette 6 years ago

music was somewhat politically incorrect back then, judging from the Custer song :)

i love all songs, old, new, doesn't matter. here's one i bet you don't know:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUAwqhnqSAc

good stuff. lurvved this hub.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

sherrylou57— You are quite welcome, my dear. Thank you very much! :D


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago Author

rondre64— You're welcome. Yes, Ray Stephens was the master at parody songs. I appreciate your comments. Thank you for visiting and leaving word that you were here.


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