Written by Charles Horwitz & Frederick Bowers in 1896, Lucky Jim was a little-known song until it was heard in the 1957 film of Kingsley Amis’s 1954 novel. Unfortunately book and film quote only the chorus. Here we have the rather subtle song complete at last.
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.