OLD KING COLE

Latest update on 26/01/2018

Artist: Hod Williams & his Orch.
Author: traditional
Label: Bluebird
Year: 1937

Instrumental. A spoken word version by Emile Berliner was released in 1889 on 5 inch Berliner Grammophon disc, not on shellac but on gutta-percha for German toy makers K├╝mmel & Reinhardt. Nursery rhyme with English roots. Cole (pronounced 'Coil') may have been based upon Coelius or Coel Hen, at the end of Roman occupation in Britain the last Duke of the Britains installed by Rome and based in York. In 1927 translated in Yiddisch by Moshe Nadir as Der Rebe Elimeylikh, giving its title to a popular Yiddisch folksong since.

Covers:

1937:

Edgar Hayes [vocal version]

1945:

Simon Woolf [boy soprano]

1955:

Jean Ritchie

1956:

Oscar Brand

1960:

Harry Belafonte

1963:

Arrows [Belgian rock]

1966:

Martin Gorman

1967:

Roy & Val Bailey [with Leon Rosselson]

1971:

Genesis [lyrics in The Musical Box on the Nursery Cryme album]

1973:

Queen [lyrical quotation in Great King Rat]

1985:

Sugar Minott

2005:

Dennis Alcapone

2005:

Jim Cosgrove

Inspired Nat 'King' Cole's (real name: Coles) stage name. Then there's a Gulf Coast pirate named King Cole (his real name was James Cole Denham), active at the mouth of the Mississippi in the 1870's.

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