Category: Arthur Askey

Have A Bit Of Pity On The Crooner

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…

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…