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Posted By: Peter K (Fionn)
15-May-01 - 08:28 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
Subject: RE: Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
It definitely goes back to 1944 Joe. Irwin Dash Music Company got copyright for an arrangement of it that year. But that's about as far back as it seems to go. I guess you could catch a lot of people out with that in a pub quiz.

I've never heard the original recording, or the Danny Kaye version, but I assume it is put across in the grand old tradition of the Edwardian music hall knees-up (a la Any Old Iron, Knees up Mother Brown, Don't Dilly Dally, etc which proliferated around 1908-12. Or maybe it's done as a parody, in Dick van Dyke-type Cockney?

Charles Keeping included it (erroneously?) in a collection published as "Cockney Ding Dong" (1975), where it was correctly credited it to Fred Heatherton.