ONE MEAT BALL

Created on 02/05/2003
Latest update on 23/03/2017

Artist: Josh White
Author: Lou Singer/Hy Zaret
Label: Asch
Year: 1944

Bluesman with folk appeal on album Josh White Sings Easy. Sang for the US Office Of War Information. Also in film The Crimson Canary. Song based on a poem The Lone Fish Ball, written by George Martin Lane, Latin teacher at Harvard Univ. in 1855. Two of his Harvard colleagues, poet James Russell Lowell and folk archivist Francis Child, transformed it into a burlesque Italian opera Il Pescebello. Hy Zaret (see also: Unchained Melody) and Lou Singer then heard a fragment of the fish ball song and were immediately inspired. They even kept some of the original lyrics.

Covers:

1945:

Andrews Sisters [B-side of Rum And Coca Cola; top 20 US]

1966:

Dave Van Ronk

1970:

Ry Cooder

1990:

Shinehead

1991:

Calvin Russell

1997:

Ann Rabson

2002:

Bjørn Berge

Might as well illustrate the restaurant scene in Vittorio De Sica's Ladri Di Biciclette ('48), or was it vice versa?

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