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Lyr Req: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica

28 Aug 01 - 04:00 PM (#536902)
Subject: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: Chicken Charlie

Dear 'Catters--

A local prof with a strange project going asked me to look for this song for him. "When Veronica Plays Her Harmonica on the Pier at Santa Monica." He said he searched DT with no luck. We would be grateful for any help at all.

CC

PS--Please no Chipmunk jokes. BG


28 Aug 01 - 06:26 PM (#537021)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: GUEST

Tell your friend Veronica
It's time to celebrate Hanukkah
I hope I get a harmonica
On this lovely lovely Hanukkah
So drink your gin and tonica
But don't smoke marijuanica
If you really really wannika
Have a Happy Happy Happy Happy Hanukkah
Put on your yarmulke
Here comes Hannukah
So much funnukah
To celebrate Hannukah...


28 Aug 01 - 06:34 PM (#537033)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: GUEST

It was performed by Kay Kyser, a native of Rocky Mount, NC, and his big band.


28 Aug 01 - 06:43 PM (#537044)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: Chicken Charlie

Guest--Thanks, I think. <>

CC


28 Aug 01 - 06:46 PM (#537049)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: GUEST

There are tons of Kay Kyser tunes on the net, unfortunately, this one is not seeming to be one of them...


25 Jan 02 - 12:59 PM (#635355)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: Jim Dixon

The lyrics quoted by GUEST above are actually part of Adam Sandler's "The Hanukkah Song," 1994. You can see the rest of the song here along with some other Hanukkah songs.

There is a Kay Kyser web site, and it lists 78 songs (or tunes) out of 400 he allegedly recorded, but it doesn't list this one.

Other sources say that "When Veronica Plays the Harmonica" was recorded by Kay Kyser's Campus Cowboys in Dec. 1947, with vocal by Gloria Wood. It was released on Columbia #38197, with "Woody Woodpecker" by Kay Kyser and His Orchestra on the other side. If you want to go shopping for the 78, you may have better luck asking for "Woody Woodpecker" since it was a much better known song.

I can't find any lyrics, or any evidence that this song was ever issued on a CD. It has, however, been played on Dr. Demento's radio show.


25 Jan 02 - 04:16 PM (#635511)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: GUEST,Gene

I have that Kay Kyser oldie...somewhere???

Will look for it...this weekend


25 Jan 02 - 04:22 PM (#635525)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: GUEST,ed silberman

I think I have the Kay Kayser 78 somewhere in vast and well-buried collection. the title sounz distinctly familiar. if i find it i will report back and see if there's an address i can send a tape to.

(this was kind of of prof? and is waht kind of assignment? sounz wierd 2 me, but "what the hay?")


27 Aug 06 - 08:46 AM (#1819937)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: GUEST

When Veronica plays her harmonica, down upon the pier of santa monica, she plays hot jive with a hep cat fish, (da da, da da, da da, di da da da ) swims with a swish,

A big fat turtle, her name was myrtle, shook and shivered til she broke her girdle,

The whale that swallowed Jonah yelled across the bay, I'll open up my mouth and let you out today to hear Veronica, play her harmonica, down on the pier at Santa Monica

(what I remember)


27 Aug 06 - 06:20 PM (#1820246)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: GUEST,Gene

I no longer recall if someone gave it to me or if i found it at a thrift store/garage sale - but have a 78 RPM record of it -

Columbia 38197 (HCO 2960)
SIDE A: KAY KYSER'S CAMPUS COWBOYS
When Veronic Plays The Harmonica, Vocal Gloria Wood
Writers: Mack, J. Mulcay, M. Mulcay

Columbia 38197 (HCO 3108)
SIDE B: KAY KYSER & HIS ORCHESTRA
Woody Woodpecker, Vocal Gloria Wood
(From a Walter Lantz Cartoon)
Writers: Tibbles, Idriss

I burned it and many other 78s, 45s, 8-tracks to CD quite
some time ago...


27 Aug 06 - 06:27 PM (#1820253)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: GUEST,Gene

Playlist
The Dr. Demento Show - December 31, 1972
Special Topic: Nifty 50 for 1972

Note: This was only broadcast in Los Angeles (KMET), as this was before the show was syndicated (which didn't happen until June, 1974). At this point, the show was four hours instead of two hours, thus a top 50 instead of a top 25. The show started in October, 1970, but this was the first year for which a countdown was done.

#50 The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
#49 St. James Infirmary - Cab Calloway
#48 I'm No Communist - Grandpa Jones
#47 Minnie's Yoo-Hoo - anonymous (from Mickey Mouse - This Is My Life)
#46 The Eggplant That Ate Chicago - Dr. West's Medicine Show & Junk Band
#45 The Old Payola Roll Blues - Stan Freberg
#44 The Freckle Song - Hank Penny
#43 The Crusher - The Novas
#42 Baby Let Me Bang Your Box - The Toppers
#41 Laugh And Be Happy - Sheriff John
#40 Ballad Of Walter Wart (Brrriggett) - The Thorndike Pickledish Choir
#39 Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport - Rolf Harris
#38 Cement Mixer - Slim Gaillard
#37 Alphabet Song - The Three Stooges
#36 Big Ten-Inch Record - Moose Jackson
#35 Take A Whiff On Me - Leadbelly
#34 Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots - The Cheers
#33 Kickin' The Gong Around - Cab Calloway
#32 The Mummy - Bob McFadden & Dor
#31 Davy's Dinghy - Ruth Wallis
#30 Cocaine Blues - Freddy Countryman

#29 When Veronica Plays The Harmonica - Kay Kyser

#28 Go Go Pogo - Walt Kelly
#27 Dr. Hackenbush - Groucho Marx
#26 My Boomerang Won't Come Back - Charlie Drake
#25 Big Bear Lake - Mel Blanc
#24 Hold Tight (Want Some Sea Food Mama) - Fats Waller
#23 William Tell Overture - Spike Jones
#22 The Thing - Phil Harris
#21 If You're A Viper - Rosetta Howard & Harlem Hamfats
#20 The Elements - Tom Lehrer
#19 Reefer Man - Cab Calloway
#18 Der Fuehrer's Face - Spike Jones
#17 Betty Boop - Phil Spitalny & His Orchestra
#16 Hooray For Captain Spaulding - Groucho Marx
#15 Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour - Lonnie Donegan
#14 The Blob - The Five Blobs
#13 Masochism Tango - Tom Lehrer
#12 Delicious - Jim Backus & Friend
#11 Monster Mash - Bobby (Boris) Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers
#10 Who's On First - Abbott & Costello
#9 Christmas Balls - Ben Light & His Surf Club Boys
#8 Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway
#7 They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! - Napoleon XIV
#6 The Broadway New York Song - Anonymous baritone
#5 Lydia The Tattooed Lady - Groucho Marx
#4 Ain't We Crazy - Harry McClintock (also known as "Haywire Mac" or "Radio Mac")
#3 Transfusion - Nervous Norvus
#2 Everybody Wants My Fanny - Benny Bell
#1 Pico And Sepulveda - Felix Figueroa & His Orchestra


29 Aug 06 - 06:34 PM (#1822129)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: Jim Dixon

Here's the catalog entry from Indiana University Sheet Music Collections:

Title: WHEN VERONICA PLAYS THE HARMONICA
Composer: Mack, Tommy
Composer: Mulcay, Jimmy
Composer: Mulcay, Mildred
Lyricist: Mack, Tommy
Lyricist: Mulcay, Jimmy
Lyricist: Mulcay, Mildred
Performer: Jimmy Mulcay
Performer: Mildred Mulcay
Publisher: Duchess Music Corporation
Place of publication: New York
Date of publication: 1948
Call Number: M1 .D48 Box: 181 Item: 029
Performance Medium: Piano, Voice and Chords
First Line: You can sail around the world to see the sights, and even see
Chorus First Line: When Veronica, plays the harmonica, down on the pier at Santa
Artist: IM-HO
Genre: Popular song
Subject term: Musical Instruments


29 Aug 06 - 06:51 PM (#1822153)
Subject: Lyr Add: WHEN VERONICA PLAYS THE HARMONICA
From: GUEST,Gene

lyrics are a combined effort of Gene, Cookie & Mel

WHEN VERONICA PLAYS THE HARMONICA
KAY KYSER

When Veronica plays the harmonica
Down on the pier at Santa Monica
When she gives out with Gershwin or Bach
The perch and barracuda come wigglin' up to the dock
The seals and haddock get aquabatic
When she plays on her chromatic
When she plays boogie woogie lobsters flippity flop
She even made a submarine blow it's top
When Veronica plays her harmonica
Down on the pier at Santa Monica

When Veronica plays the harmonica
Down on the pier at Santa Monica
She plays mad jive for the hepcat fish
She even plays a tune for a tuna that swims with a swish
A big fat turtle whose name was Myrtle
Shook and shivered till she broke her girdle,
The whale that swallowed Jonah yelled across the bay
I'll open up my mouth and let you out today
To hear Veronica play her harmonica
Down on the pier at Santa Monica

Two happy sturgeons whose hatch were mergin'
Were married when her wedding march was urgin'
Each sturgeon had some little ones with eyes of blue
Who taught a school of eels and kippered herring too
To play harmonica without Veronica
Down on the pier of Santa Monica


17 May 08 - 06:45 PM (#2343167)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: GUEST

To answer the question about "Veronica who plays her homonica down on the pier in Santa Monica, the song is real it is by Kay Kyser and was cut on a 78 RPM....I too am trying to find a download of it. The flip side of the 78 was THE WOODY WOODPECKER SONG\

I got the details from kuow.ORG THEY PLAY SWINGTIME EAR MUSIC OVER THE air waves and internet. I used to have the 78 but was too young to remember the artist. My folks had bought an old ROCK OLA that was loaded with 78's....


17 May 08 - 06:49 PM (#2343169)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: Peace

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73acGHfoea8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73acGHfoea8


17 May 08 - 06:54 PM (#2343170)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: Peace

That is a cartoon pin-up show but the music is by Kay Kyser and His Orchestra with the vocal done by Gloria Wood. I don't know if it's from the original recording, but the lyrics are the same as those posted above.


17 Sep 12 - 04:26 PM (#3406339)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: GUEST,999

WHEN VERONICA PLAYS THE HARMONICA
(Tommy Mack / Jimmy Mulcay / Mildred Mulcay)

The Mulcays (vocal: Patricia Koren) - 1948
Kay Kyser's Kampus Kowboys (vocal: Gloria Wood) - 1948



You can sail around the world to see the sights
And even see the famous northern lights,
But strange as it may be
I'm sure you will agree
The greatest sight of all is by the sea

When Veronica plays the harmonica
Down on the pier at Santa Monica
When she gives out with Gershwin and Bach
The perch and barracuda come wigglin' up to the dock
The seals and haddock get aquabatic
When she plays on her chromatic
When she plays boogie woogie, lobsters flippity flop
She even made a submarine blow it's top
When Veronica plays her harmonica
Down on the pier at Santa Monica

When Veronica plays the harmonica
Down on the pier at Santa Monica
She plays mad jive for hepcat fish
She even plays a tune for a tuna that swims with a swish
A big fat turtle whose name was Myrtle
Shook and shivered till she broke her girlde
The whale that swallowed Jonah yelled across the bay
"I'll open up my mouth and let you go today
To hear Veronica play her hamonica
Down on the pier at Santa Monica"

A flying fish from Avalon flew out of sight
For he was smoking seaweed and was high as a kite
When Veronica raised the thermometer
Down on the pier at Santa Monica

An oyster got so stewed at an oyster spa
He stood right up and holler'd "Eat Me Eight To The Bar"
When Veronica played her harmonica
Down on the pier at Santa Monica

A fish was using Lifebuoy soap, she knew how he felt
She never smelled a smelt that smelt like that smelt smelt
So Veronica took her harmonica
And left the pier at Santa Monica


************************


As recorded by Kay Kyser/Gloria Wood:



When Veronica plays the harmonica
Down on the pier at Santa Monica
When she gives out with Gershwin or Bach
The perch and barracuda come wigglin' up to the dock
The seals and haddock get aquabatic
When she plays on her chromatic
When she plays boogie woogie lobster flippity flop
She even made a submarine blow its top
When Veronica plays her harmonica
Down on the peir at Santa Monica

When Veronica plays the harmonica
Down on the pier at Santa Monica
She plays mad jive for the hepcat fish
She even plays a tune for a tuna that swims with a swish
A big fat turtle whose name was Myrtle
Shook and shivered till she broke her girdle,
The whale that swallowed Jonah yelled across the bay
I'll open up my mouth and let you out today
To hear Veronica play her harmonica
Down on the pier at Santa Monica

Two happy sturgeon whose hatch were mergin'
Were married when her wedding march was urgin'
Each sturgeon had some little ones with eyes of blue
Who taught a school of eels and kippered herring too
To play harmonica without Veronica
Down on the pier at Santa Monica


From

http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/w/whenveronicaplaystheharmonica.shtml


17 Sep 12 - 04:27 PM (#3406340)
Subject: LYRIC ADD Veronica Plays Her Harmonica
From: GUEST,999

Last post is a LYRIC ADD.