Have A Bit Of Pity On The Crooner


The music halls of the 1930’s, 40s and 50’s had increasing competition from the latest singing stars and American films portraying a more exciting world very different from tired, dreary, hard-up Britain. At a time when ‘crooners’ such as Bing Crosby were particularly in vogue Arthur Askey – comedian, actor, song and sketch writer – became increasingly popular through his many appearances on radio, stage and screen as a likeable ordinary chap, which he really was – without, of course, the humorous calamities of his professional persona.

Have a Bit of Pity on the Crooner’ is one of his lesser-known songs, with a typically generous response to the change in musical fashion.

Words & music by Askey & Barley