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Lord Beginner, Pundit

Posted by Michael Eldridge on May 14, 2010

Classical Iconoclast relays this “video” of Lord Beginner’s 1950 British election commentary:

Not North American, I know (though Beginner did record for Moe Asch and appear at Harlem’s Caribbean Club in the 1940s), but too good to resist.  Now if only someone handy with iMovie would mash together a few fitting clips from the past week, preferably ending with the odd crane shot of the Brown family’s glum procession out of 10 Downing Street and around the corner to its waiting motorcade, and use Beginner’s calypso as the music bed….

One Response to “Lord Beginner, Pundit”

  1. Stephen Cooke said

    Hi Michael,

    I don’t know if you’ll get this, but I’m trying to figure out what label Lord Beginner would have appeared on before heading to New York in the ’40s, specifically for the song Christmas Morning the Rum Had Me Yawning, and any info would be appreciated.

    Could you email me at Thanks!


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