Have A Bit Of Pity On The Crooner

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The Oxford English Dictionary describes a crooner as a singer who sings sentimental songs in a soft, low voice. The style, popularised by Bing Crosby and many others, includes sliding from one note to another as though tired with the effort. Have A Bit Of Pity On The Crooner is an irreverent comment on the style, written by Arthur Askey, which I found in my mother’s vintage record collection some years ago.Arthur Askey.jpgThe colour photo from last weeks’s holiday has nothing to do with the song so far as I’m aware, but I like our friends, and their cottage newly-thatched with “locally-sourced reed from the Ukraine”.

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