The Daring Young Man On The Flying Trapeze

Album: Circus Classics (1867)
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  • Jules Léotard (c1839-70) wearing the one piece garment he designed, and which he called a maillot.

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  • David T. from Northern CaliforniaAnother version which I'm surprised has not been mentioned here, given how both at the same time popular and obscure the song is as far as how often it is sung or mentioned in today's society, and given that any fans of the song would likely be visiting this page, is the version by Spike Jones. It's whacky with the arrangement, but shows a deep understanding of both the original lyrics and arrangement, and the seriousness and the silliness of love, while also paying a serious homage to the original.
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