Monday, February 1, 2010

A Little "Ta-Ra--Ra-Boom De-Ay" for Your Mon-De-Ay

Tell me this fun little ditty doesn't get stuck in your head the rest of the day! I've been envisioning myself Cancan dancing in a big pink dress ever since I found this on Youtube. Here's what the historian Holbrook Jackson had to say about this all-too-catchy tune:

"In the 1890's the chorus song "Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay" spread like a dancing flame through the land, obsessing the minds of young and old, gay and sedate until it became a veritable song-pest, provoking satires upon itself, even in the music halls of its origins. No song ever took a people in quite the same way: from 1892 to 1896 it affected the country {England} like an epidemic..."

The version above is from the 1940's film "Happy Go Lucky," but the original songstress that took the popular American song and turned it into a hit in England, was singer/dancer Lottle Collins. While touring in vaudeville in the United States in 1891, she heard the song "Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay!" After she sang it at the Tivoli Music Hall in London in November 1891, it became her signature piece {source}. And isn't she divine!? No wonder the song was such a hit...

::More about the lovely Lottie Collins here.


Kristia said...

Oooh! Lottie is fantastic! Thanks for sharing. I just wanted to let you know that I'm really enjoying your blog. The Comtesse de Castiglione? An Art Nouveau obsession? I've come to the right place!

{Tara} said...

Kristia -- I was so happy to discover her. Though it seems she had a very sad story; she later tried to kill herself??