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


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

90s Metal

90s MetalFact or Fiction

Test your metal - Priest, Maiden, and Beavis and Butt-head show up in this one.


AdeleFact or Fiction

Despite her reticent personality, Adele's life and music are filled with intrigue. See if you can spot the true tales.

Guy Clark

Guy ClarkSongwriter Interviews

Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett are just a few of the artists who have looked to Clark for insightful, intelligent songs.

Janis Ian: Married in London, but not in New York

Janis Ian: Married in London, but not in New YorkSong Writing

Can you be married in one country but not another? Only if you're part of a gay couple. One of the first famous singers to come out as a lesbian, Janis wrote a song about it.

Ian Astbury of The Cult

Ian Astbury of The CultSongwriter Interviews

The Cult frontman tells who the "Fire Woman" is, and talks about performing with the new version of The Doors.

Emmylou Harris

Emmylou HarrisSongwriter Interviews

She thinks of herself as a "song interpreter," but back in the '80s another country star convinced Emmylou to take a crack at songwriting.