Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"Viva La Compagnie (Vive L'Amour)"

OK, let's go WAY back: Despite its French title, this public domain college/glee club/drinking/campfire/scouting song did NOT come from France. The author is unknown but it appears to be English from 1818. It shares its melody with 19th c. "Ireland Blocks The Way" and the Civil War Confederate tune "Chivalrous C.S.A." (1861). It also appears in "Carmina Collegensia" by H. R. Waite (1868) and the "Scottish Students' Song Book" (1892). Song? Alternate title?

Yesterday's answer: "One Night In Bangkok" by Murray Head. He's an "almost" one-hit wonder as in '71 he hit the charts at #14 with his version of "Superstar" from the musical. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnqj31VPNoE

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