DAISY BELL (A BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO)

Latest update on 28/05/2018

Artist: Kate Lawrence
Author: Harry Dacre
Year: 1890s

In London music hall. Possibly inspired by Sarah, Sarah, or a Donkey Cart Built For Two (Harry Bedford) or vice versa.

Covers:

1890s:

Tony Pastor [introduced it in America]

1892:

Jennie Lindsay [success in the Atlantic Gardens, Bowery, New York]

1893:

Dan Quinn [n°1 US]

1894:

Edward M. Favor [on North American Phonograph Co.]

1934:

Bob Scholte

1942:

Dinah Shore

1942:

Charlie & his Orchestra [as Daisy; propaganda swing band concentrating on nazi-fied versions of jazz hits, one of Joseph Goebbels' ideas; vocal: Karl Schwendler]

1960:

Merle Travis

1961:

IBM 1094 [first computer to sing; programmed by John Kelly and Carol Lockbaum]

1963:

Nat King Cole [as On A Bicycle Built For Two]

1964:

John Fahey

1968:

Douglas Rain [the voice of HAL 9000 in film 2001, A Space Odyssey while Keir Dullea (astronaut Dave Bowman) is switching him off]

1983:

Banjo Kings

1992:

Cock Van der Palm [as Feyenoord, Feyenoord (Wat Gaan We Doen Vandaag?); top 20 NL]

1993:

Chipmunks

1993:

Blur

2000:

Unthank Family Band

When English composer Harry Dacre first set foot on American soil, immigration taxed him for his bike. What if it would have been a tandem? Inspiring the line A Bicycle Built For Two in his next composition.

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