Monday, 11 June 2018
ONE TOGETHER IS TWO...
Ah, the sweet smell of success - or a hint of it at least. Sometime back in the '60s, the above single was part of my family's record collection. I guess my brother acquired it from somewhere - a friend perhaps, or a jumble sale - or even a gift from a young aunt. It was an orange plastic disc, and I remember playing it to one of my pals and the two of us then singing it non-stop as we paraded around the neighbourhood, doubtless inflicting untold aural agonies on the ears of anyone unfortunate enough to hear us.
I've been trying to track this one down for a while, but still haven't managed to locate a physical copy. However, I have managed to find it on YouTube, as well as images of it on the Internet, which is the next best thing until I finally find an actual replacement for it. I no longer recall what happened to the original we had, or at what point it vanished, like so many of our childhood possessions, into the ether, but at least I can return again in memory to those halcyon days, reinforced by being able to again see the cover and listen once more to this zany tune from my early years.
(The cover at the top of this post is the US version, but I've included the UK version after the YouTube clip. Interestingly, the American record was 45rpm, whereas the British one was 78rpm. Why? Dunno.)
Incidentally, don't be fooled - it isn't 'Dance of the Cuckoos' (LAUREL & HARDY's theme tune) you can hear on this single, but rather a very similar theme entitled 'One Together is Two', which was pressed into service for the LARRY HARMON TV cartoon show as a stand-in. Harmon had acquired the rights to use the duo's names and likenesses from their widows, but he didn't own the copyright on the original tune used in the HAL ROACH movies and shorts, hence the need for a 'ringer'. And I bet that most of you wouldn't have spotted the difference if I hadn't just told you. Side A is an instrumental, and Side B contains the vocals - give them a listen.
Posted by Kid at Monday, June 11, 2018