A Conversation for The Goon Show
Music and More
plaguesville Started conversation May 28, 2000
The Goon Show was punctuated by two musical interludes with crossover.
There was the aforementioned "big band" item. One of the musicians, George Chisholm - top trombonist and a Scot - occasionally took part in the story as a kitsch Scotsman speaking over the sound of bagpipes.
The other interlude was provided by the Ray Ellington Quartet. Ray sang and played bongo drums - and frequently took part in the plot. Ray a "black man" often played a manservant "Ellinga" and did an "Uncle Tom" voice "Yes bwana".
A particularly memorable exchange when some metal working was needed:
"Are you a blacksmith?"
(Rich deep voice) "My name's Smith an' you got eyes."
No malice, just humour. Remember times were simpler then.
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