Monday, December 28, 2009

Flanders & Swann

Another old favourite that I have neglected to upload here. Their second LP on EMI from 1963. Some great songs here including The Gas Man Cometh, Sounding Brass and In The Desert. Both sides of the LP for your listening pleasure without any breaks.

Wikipedia says-

"Flanders and Swann both attended Westminster School — where in July and August 1940 they staged a revue called Go To It[1] — and Christ Church, Oxford, two institutions which are linked by ancient tradition, but the pair went their separate ways during World War II. However, a chance meeting in 1948 led to a musical partnership writing songs and light opera, Flanders providing the words and Swann composing the music. Their songs have been sung by performers such as Ian Wallace and Joyce Grenfell.

In December 1956, Flanders and Swann hired the New Lindsey Theatre, Notting Hill, to perform their own two-man revue At the Drop of a Hat, which opened on New Year's Eve. Flanders sang a selection of the songs that they had written, interspersed with comic monologues, and accompanied by Swann on the piano. An unusual feature of their act was that, due to Flanders' having contracted poliomyelitis in 1943, both men remained seated for their shows: Swann remained behind his piano, and Flanders used a wheelchair. The show was successful and transferred the next month to the Fortune Theatre, where it ran for over two years, before touring in the UK, the United States, Canada and Switzerland.

In 1963 Flanders and Swann opened in a second revue, At the Drop of Another Hat. Over the next four years they toured a combination of the two shows in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the United States and Canada, before finishing up at the Booth Theatre on Broadway. On April 9, 1967 they performed their last live show together. Ten days later, they moved into a studio and recorded the show for television.

Over the course of 11 years, Flanders and Swann gave nearly 2,000 live performances. Although their performing partnership ended in 1967, they remained friends afterwards and collaborated on occasional projects."

Flanders & Swann - Side One

Flanders & Swann - Side Two


C.J.Duffy said...

Damn! Funny though as I have just created a list of those talents I wanted to write about and this pair were among those.
Great post!

wastedpapiers said...

Thanks CJ. I featured "At The DRop OF A Hat" on Angelica's defunct Swapatorium blog some years ago so long overdue for a reprise here. I couldnt find it so I did this one instead. Armstrong and Miller to a great parody of them on their TV show.