[78-L] it all started with Leonard Bernstein......

Jeff Sultanof jeffsultanof at gmail.com
Fri Apr 15 06:29:19 PDT 2011

While we're on the subject of college songs, does anyone have the album of
college songs by Johnny Long for Signature? I've been trying to get
recordings of these for years.

Jeff Sultanof

On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 9:17 AM, Julian Vein <julianvein at blueyonder.co.uk>wrote:

> I was listening to a radio programme about Bernstein, where they were
> discussing the film "On The Town", where the famous song "New York, New
> York, it's a helluva town" had its lyric amended to "New York, New York,
> it's a wonderful town" at the behest of the Hays Office. Seems there
> were different rules for records. Example, "Rambling Wreck from Georgia
> Tech":
> "I'm a rambling wreck from Georgia Tech
> A helluva of an engineer
> A helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva, helluva, engineer..."
> I suppose colleges (and their songs) were associated with middle class
> decadence, and weren't subject to such strict censure.
> I dug out Dick Powell's version on UK Brunswick to play. Oddly enough it
> was next to another college song 78, Tex Beneke's "Eyes of Texas" and
> "Alma Mater". The coincidence didn't end there. For years I had in my
> 10" LP collection Kay Kyser's Columbia "Campus Favorites" next to the
> Lawson-Haggart "College Fight Songs" on Decca. They have since been
> separated by a Sam Lanin on Ristic.
> I then realised that the "Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech" tune,
> modified, was used for a Cadbury's Fudge TV advert from about 20 years
> ago. This contained a line which sounded to me like: "It's full of
> peppery goodness...". Sometimes I heard it as "feathery goodness". Turns
> out it was "Cadbury goodness"!
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9W4rhhEq_U
> Another TV ad which puzzled me was the "Neighbours" (original) theme,
> which contained the phrase "...you can find the perfect phlegm..."
> (at 2.16):
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIdFzP0TJxc
>     Julian Vein
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