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What would Our Gracie think ?

Last night I watched the BBC4 drama about Gracie Fields - very interesting it was too. Jane Hoorcks was great; probably the only person you could cast as Gracie, at least if you wanted the actress to sing like Gracie as well as act.
This evening I watched part of Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain, which included a section on Gracie Fields. She was the biggest star in Britain at the time, and in the early 40's, was the highest paid film actress in the world. She earned more than Bette Davis, Vivien Leigh, Olivia deHavilland, Lana Turner, Greta Garbo etc.

Andrew Marr focused on her most famous film, Sing As We Go. The song had been performed in the drama the previous night and so had been humming around in my head for a while. Except I kept wanting to fit different lyrics to the melody. I just did a little checking on YouTube and Wikipedia and my suspicions were confirmed. The melody of Sing As We Go, a nice, wholesome, spirit-raising song from a down-home lass, was re-used as the melody for Sit On My Face, by the Monty Python team. Which is also a cheerful song, but not quite so wholesome, really.

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dakegra
27th Nov, 2009 21:53 (UTC)
that made me giggle when I heard the tune. :-)
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