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Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart fight over Harry H.

Postby bob » Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:46 pm

I managed to catch up with a long lost relative over the weekend, where I told him about the website and the forum.

He sent me an email yesterday with some information he picked up in the press :

I read a fascinating piece of information in the paper today. Harry H Corbett recorded an album of sea shanties called The Singing Sailor with Ewan MacColl on the Topic label back in the 60s. Do you have this album? Apparently Frank Zappa loved it but his copy was stolen by Captain Beefheart. I'm not making this up.


Can anybody give more info on The Singing Sailor album ?
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Postby PhilGlass » Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:46 pm

Hi Bob

What an interesting story!

"The Singing Sailor" was released some time in the 50's. The singers are credited as: A.L. Lloyd, Ewan MacColl, and Harry H. Corbett with chorus;

Tracks
1.[A.L.Lloyd] The Ship in Distress
2.[MacColl] Johnny Todd
3.[A.L.L. & chorus] Haul on the Bowline
4.[A.L.L] The Cruel Ship's Captain
5.[MacColl] The Dreadnought
6.[A.L.L & chorus] Santy Anna
7.[A.L.L] The Coast of Peru
8.[MacColl] Row Bullies Row
9.[A.L.L & chorus] Blood Red Roses
10.[A.L.L] Off to Sea Once More
11.[HARRY H CORBETT & chorus] Blow the Man Down
12.[MacColl] The Flying Cloud
13.[A.L.L] Lord Franklin
14.[A.L.L, EM] Paddy Doyle
15.[MacColl] Van Diemen's Land
16.[A.L.L] The Greenland Whale Fishery

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Harry's track 'Blow The Man Down' also appeared on the 1957 MacColl album 'Row Bullies Row' which was a re-issue of the previous album, containing only 10 of the tracks...

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...and on a 1963 EP (Extended Play single) "Blow The Man Down".

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Hope this helps!! :)
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Postby PaulaT » Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:33 pm

Fasdcinating. Could Harry sing, then????
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Postby PhilGlass » Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:39 pm

Both of them could sing!!

Harry released several singles and was in the musical film 'What A Crazy World'. He also released some novelty records.

Wilfrid starred in many musicals onstage. The problem is, many have only heard wilf singing from recordings of the Steptoe australian show - there he is singing in character, there's not a chance Albert could sing!!

But if you listen to his single 'Second Hand' you will hear what a professional and talented singer he was. He was in 'The Canterbury Tales' musical for a long time!

In that era it was no good just to be able to act! You became a star by being multi talented!
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