I had a flashback to my childhood earlier today! The only source of music was the radio – we didn’t have a record player until I was given a Dancette player on my eleventh birthday… or was it when I was twelve… or maybe thirteen? Before then there were certain programmes which would play what was beginning to be called ‘pop’ music such as Children’s Favourites, Saturday Club and Housewives’ Choice. This was before the 60’s music revolution but there were ‘records’ by Elvis, the Everleys, Lonnie Donegan… There were also comedy records, and most of them were pretty dire, however there were a few which had a comedic element but still managed to be good!
I was reminded of this when I wrote mentioned moose this morning, which led me to remember such a song called ‘Hoots Mon‘ which had the refrain ‘there’s a moose loose about this hoose!’ This was a mock Scots’ way of saying ‘there’s a mouse loose about this house’… which of course sounds silly and not funny at all. I hadn’t heard this since I was a child but I found it and found a video of Lord Rockingham’s XI who recorded it – a fact I didn’t know until today.
Lord Rockingham’s XI was made up of British session musicians, which was created as a resident backing band on a programme called Oh Boy!. They actually were an extraordinary collection of really talented people :
- Harry Robinson – leader
- Benny Green – jazz baritone saxophonist (and later writer)
- Cherry Wainer – organ
- Don Storer – drums
- Reg Weller – percussion
- Red Price – tenor sax
- Rex Morris – tenor sax
- Cyril Reubens – baritone sax
- Ronnie Black – double bass
- Bernie Taylor – guitar
- Eric Ford – guitar
- later – Kenny Packwood – guitar, Ian Fraser – piano
- Marty Wilde – backing singer
- Cuddly Dudley – backing singer
As well as Hoots Mon! which was based on an actual Scottish song called 100 Pipers, they recorded what has been described as novelty rock instrumentals such as Fried Onions and Long John. There was a court case over their name, because there actually was a real Lord Rockingham whose title became extinct in 1782. Lord Rockingham’s descendants took exception to a rock band called Lord Rockingham’s anything… the band folded and all is left are some videos.