Big Head

Album: Unbeatable Bygraves (1953)
  • In his autobiography, Max Bygraves relates the genesis of this song. His initial forays into showbusiness were as an impressionist, and he created a catchphrase "Big 'ead" while performing on the radio. This caught on, and the songwriter Jack Meadows came up with a song which he recorded on HMV. "BIG HEAD (Pronounced 'BIG 'EAD')" retailed for one shilling. But although it sold well, "a letter to a newspaper gave a different interpretation to the composition". He was he said "blamed for taking a rise from people afflicted with a deformity". Who says political correctness is a modern phenomemon? The result of that was that the song faded from view, although later in his career, Max would play up to the stereotype himself.
    It was also this experience he said that led to him writing his own material. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England

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