(a): 'Mama looka Boo Boo,' they shout.
Their mother tol' them, 'Shut up your mouth,
That is your daddy.'
'Oh no. My daddy can't be ugly so!'
'Shut your mouth, go away...'
(b): Somebody bad stole de wedding bell
Somebody bad stole de wedding bell
Somebody know but nobody tell
Cause somebody bad stole the wedding bell
Who's got the ding, dong, who's got the bell...
The songs I listened to during my youth are the ones I still remember today. The tunes and lyrics spin in my head all the time and can be turned on immediately. It's like clicking on to the song-list of an mp3 player or an i-phone. The explanation follows the list below:
l. Where Will The Dimple Be? - Rosemary Clooney
2. House Of Bamboo - Earl Grant
3. Looking For Henry Lee - Jo Stafford
4. High Noon - Frankie Laine
5. Ivory Tower - Gale Storm
6. Papa Loves Mama - Donald Peers
7. Somebody Bad Stole De Wedding Bell - Georgia Gibbs
8. Mama Looka Boo Boo - Harry Belafonte
Can you still remember the songs you love?
1> Rosemary Clooney (image), who is George Clooney's aunt, used to be a pop singer in the 50s and 60s and her version of, Where Will The Dimple Be (1955) was a favourite on Radio Singapore's request programme, Calling All Hospitals where Maisie Conciecao was the DJ (we use the term, 'announcer' those days). It was the most requested song for a baby dedication. And KK (Kandang Kerbau) Hospital was the maternity hospital then.
4> Tall and lanky actor Cary Cooper, the male lead in High Noon, was one of the icons for Westerns. The movie was a hit when it was shown in Singapore, drawing crowds at the cinemas. High Noon, the song (1952), by Tex Ritter, was a request favourite and played on the air everyday. The Frankie Laine version was more popular locally.
6> When Papa Loves Mama (1960) came on the air, it became the anthem for many Singapore families and a favourite for dancing the cha-cha-cha. The original and only version I know is by Donald Peers; so in this instance it's the song, not the singer. The giggling girl accompanying Peers could be Joan Regan.
7, 8> The other novelty tunes on my list, Somebody Bad Stole De Wedding Bell (1954) and Mama Looka Boo Boo (1956) must be heard to be appreciated. With humorous lyrics and a grand calypso beat, these two classics are hardly played on the radio today. The Georgia Gibbs version of SBSTWB is unavailable on You Tube. MLBB by Belafonte is on You Tube, accompanied by Nat King Cole (side-bar). Great songs for kids too!
(c): On the baby's knuckle, on the baby's knee,
Where will the baby's dimple be?
Baby's cheek or baby's chin
Seems to me it'll be a sin
If it's always covered by the safety pin...
Shall we discuss the other songs on another posting? Are you familiar with any of these songs?