maandag 17 april 2017

There Is A Tavern In The Town (1883) / There's A Tavern In The Town (1917) / Head Shoulders Knee and Toe / Hoofd Schouders Knie en Teen / Animaniacs Theme (1993)



"Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" is a ver famous children's song. The song has been documented as early as the 1950's and is often sung to the tune of "There Is a Tavern in the Town".

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes - Wikipedia

There Is a Tavern in the Town - Wikipedia


The oldest sheet I could find of "There Is A Tavern In The Town" is in "Student's Songs" (1883) compiled and edited by William Henry Hills (Published by Moses King, Cambridge, Mass.)

https://archive.org/stream/studentssongscom00hill#page/8/mode/2up

The next sheet music is dated between 1877 and 1884 (roud number 18834)

Ballads Online

http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/static/images/sheets/30000/25997a.gif

http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/static/images/sheets/30000/25997g.gif


But the next 1891 sheet music credits this piece to F. J. Adams.

There is a Tavern in the Town. Song and Chorus. The Season's Success. - The Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection



The earliest recording of this song I could find:

(o) London Concert Orchestra (1906)
Released on Edison Bell Cylinder #10008

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(c) Peter Dawson (1917)
Released July 1917 on Zonophone # 1777



78 RPM - Mr. Peter Dawson - When Johnny Comes Marching Home / There's A Tavern In The Town - Zonophone - UK - 1777

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(c) Kenneth Walters (1924)

78 RPM - Kenneth Walters - Wrap Me Up In My Terpaulin Jacket / There Is A Tavern In The Town - Regal - UK - G 8163



(c) Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees (1934) (as "The Drunkard Song")
Recorded on September 7, 1934 in New York
Released on Victor 24721

Rudy Vallee And His Connecticut Yankees - The Drunkard Song / Lost In A Fog (Shellac) at Discogs

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(c) Gracie Fields (1938)  (as "There Is A Tavern In The Town")

Gracie Fields - There Is A Tavern In The Town / The Sweetest Song In The World (Shellac) at Discogs





(c) The Bar-X Cowboys (1938)

78 RPM - The Bar-X Cowboys - There Is A Tavern In The Town / Undewrneath The Sun - Decca - USA - 5537

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https://ia802702.us.archive.org/15/items/BarXCowboys-01-05/BarXCowboys-ThereIsATavernInTheTown.mp3



(c) Judy Garland and Dick Haymes (1944)
Recorded July 11, 1944 for an Autolite radio commercial

Judy Garland on the Radio 1935 - 1949

www.thejudyroom.com/songs/There-Is-A-Tavern-7-11-44.mp3



(c) Wally Cox (1953)

Wally Cox (3) - What A Crazy Guy / There Is A Tavern In The Town (Vinyl) at Discogs

45cat - Wally Cox [actor] - What A Crazy Guy (Dufo) / There Is A Tavern In The Town - RCA Victor - USA - 47-5278

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(c) Four Aces (1955)
Recorded December 10, 1954
Released on Decca 29395

Four Aces* Featuring Al Alberts - Melody Of Love (Vinyl) at Discogs

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(c) Burl Ives (1959)

45cat - Burl Ives - Cheers - Decca - USA

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(c) Sammy Davis Jr (1961)

45cat - Sammy Davis Jr. - There Was A Tavern In The Town / One More Time (A Tribute To Ray Charles) - Reprise - USA - R-20,018

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(c) Connie Francis (1962)

LP Discography: Connie Francis - Discography

Connie Francis - Sing Along With Connie Francis (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Nat King Cole (1963)

Nat King Cole - Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Brothers Four (1964)

The Brothers Four - By Special Request (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs

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(c) Sam Hinton (1967)

Vinyl Album - Sam Hinton - The Wandering Folksong - Folkways - USA

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(c) Ashley Hutchings (1977)

Vinyl Album - Ashley Hutchings - Kickin' Up The Sawdust - Harvest - UK

Ashley Hutchings: Kickin' Up the Sawdust

Listen to a sample here:

Kickin' up the Sawdust - Ashley Hutchings | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic




(c) The Warners (1993)  (as "Animaniacs Theme song")

The Animaniacs series theme song, performed by the Warners, was a very important part of the show. In the series' first season, the theme won an Emmy Award for best song. Richard Stone composed the music for the title sequence (heavily inspired by "There Is A Tavern In The Town") and Tom Ruegger wrote the lyrics.

Animaniacs - Wikipedia

The Warner Bros. Animation Archive

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According to Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle of Fresno University, Alan Lomax calls "Hard Ain't It Hard" a reworking of this piece, Personally I don't see the connection with "Tavern in the Town".

Tavern in the Town


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