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The New Vaudeville Band is the creation of the British songwriter and record producer Geoff Stephens, who arranged this to sound like Rudy Vallee's vaudeville hits in the 1930s. Stephens sang it through a megaphone to help create the sound. The song became a surprise novelty hit - Stephens' only chart entry in the US, but one of 4 to crack the UK Top 40.
Winchester Cathedral is in Hampshire, England, and is one of the largest cathedrals in the world. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
Artists to cover this song include Petula Clark, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Conniff, Frank Sinatra and Lawrence Welk.
Stephens was inspired to write this song after staring at a picture of Winchester Cathedral on his calendar.
This won the 1966 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Recording.
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