In a 2007 celebrity interview with Ruby Speechley, Harris related his version of the story in more depth. He said Crush put together the song from all the bits in his act, about Orville being an orphan and not being able to fly, then he, Harris, coughed up £3,500 to hire Abbey Road saying "if it's good enough for the Beatles, it's good enough for the Duck!"
But the Crush song was meant to be the B Side, "we spent all afternoon doing that with a kids' choir. We had ten minutes left so we got the other track down; we did it once off, which was Orville's song."
Unfortunately, that was the easy part, he continued. "I took it round all the record companies and at EMI I saw a big record producer. I said I've got this green singing duck, and he said: 'Leave it in the bin on the way out son. We're pop stars here we don't have green ducks.' So it went in the bottom drawer for three years." This means it was actually written around 1980, not 1982 as Crush said, but aside from the royalties it brought him, this is probably one he would rather forget.
Harris continued, "The great thing was that when it did come out it was a hit. I was on Top Of The Pops
, and the EMI record producer was there with Abba who were at number sixteen in the charts and I was at number four. I said to him, do you remember me? [Keith mimics the producer's mumbled reply]. It didn't get to number one but it sold 400,000 copies and won us a gold disc."
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