Any Dopers consider themselves great achivists of old novelty songs?
I’d love to find a really good compilation. Problem I have collecting songs like this is that the folks who recorded them weren’t neccessarily comedy acts, so it’s not as easy as just finding the artist who performed a particular song then exploring more of that artist’s recordings.
Sure, if you dig a funny Tom Lehrer song you can buy a Tom Lehrer album and you’ll be pretty happy. But, in the case of the songs I’m talking about it was more often the case that the novelty song was the one novelty song performed by that artist, just thrown in for good measure.
I could, and have, look up individual songs on the web, but I’m more interested in learning songs, through research, that I don’t already know. The Muppet Show was always great for digging up these old songs, but if it was ever on the Muppet Show, I probably already know it.
I’m thinking of pre-50’s songs.
Examples of what I’m talking about:
“A Chicken Ain’t Nothin’ But a Bird”
“Girlfriend of the Whirling Dervish”
“Lydia the Tatooed Lady”
“Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”
“Daisy (Bicycle Built for Two)”
If anyone happens to know of a compilation that has a bunch of songs that would fit well with those songs that would be awesome.
Or, if there’s a cool archivist who has a website?