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Posted By: Lanfranc
07-Jun-07 - 06:30 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Buddy Can you Spare a Dime - who was Al?
Subject: RE: Origins: Who was Al in Buddy Can you Spare a D
Could it be after Al Bowlly, who recorded the song way back when?

But then, when Bing Crosby and Rudy Vallee recorded the song, they sang "Al", too.

Maybe it's just because Al rhymes with pal.

Maybe only E Y "Yip" Harburg (who wrote the lyrics) knew, and he isn't around to tell.