MADEMOISELLE FROM ARMENTIÈRES

Created on 20/01/2004
Latest update on 16/01/2010

Artist: Jack Charman
Author: Harry Carlton/Joe Turnbridge
Label: Guardsmen
Year: 1915

British Music Hall artist. Reissued on cd Oh, It's A Lovely War Vol 1. Lyrics of this war hit were systematically banned by American army officials. According to legend, the real demoiselle refused to kiss a general. In 1926 a war movie was named after this song. The march rhythm is slightly modelled on that of When Johnny Comes Marching Home, the refrain on the old English folk song The Three Crows, cut by Burl Ives in '41.

Covers:

1924:

Bill Jones & Ernest Hare [as Hinky Dinky Parley Voo, later also as answer song What Has Become Of Hinky Dinky Parley Voo]

1924:

Bell Record Quartet [idem on Bell]

1936:

Sweet Violet Boys [idem]

1950:

Line Renaud [born in 1928 in Pont-de-Nieppe, close to Armentières (Nord-Pas de Calais), where during the war she was brought up in the café run by her grandmother, where she sang for the soldiers soon after D-Day; Armentières was one of the first French cities liberated, so this was a must on her repertoire (arranged by Loulou Gasté)]

1951:

Jane Powell & Wendell Corey [in film Rich, Young And Pretty]

1974:

Vuile Mong en de Vieze Gasten [as Het Apekot, including the Hinky Dinky Parley Voo refrain]

1981:

Barron Knights

Coming from Nord-Pas de Calais landed Line Renaud a supporting role in film Bienvenu Chez Les Ch'tis.

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