Gilly, Gilly, Ossenfeffer, Katzenellen Bogen By The Sea

Album: Unbeatable Bygraves (1954)
Charted: 7
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  • In his autobiography, Max Bygraves said of this and similar songs that he recorded in the early days that they were bad and got worse.
    This is one that Bobby Crush would have said is for the sick bucket, except actually it's not as bad as "Orville's Song". Part novelty song, part silly love ballad, it actually did him proud in chart terms. And no, it is not quite the longest song title ever, although it is arguably the longest place name mentioned in a song, with the same caveat as Honaloochie (of "Honaloochie Boogie" fame), it does not actually exist.

    It was co-written by Al Hoffman, who also co-wrote another well known novelty song, "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake". Dick Manning is the other name on the sheet music, a long term collaborator of Hoffman. "Gilly, Gilly..." was also recorded in German, by Bibi Johns Und Die Starlets, although the title was the same in German, with lyrics by Heino Gaze. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
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  • Ron from Melbourne, AustraliaThis is a song that brings back childhood memories
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