May 19 – ‘Head Tucked’, ‘Monkey Doodle-Doo’, Glee

1536

Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII of England and Queen for 3 years, is beheaded on charges of adultery, treason, and incest.
 
She was the cause of a break with Rome for Henry. He’d already been courting Jane Seymour, who was to die the following year following the birth of Edward VI.
 
Anyhoo, after letting things calm down for 4 centuries, a couple of Brit songwriters write a song about the messy affair which was recorded music-hall style by actor Stanley Holloway. ▷Songfacts▹ In 1959 it’s tucked under cover on Sold Out (with mod’d lyrics) by US folkies The Kingston Trio.  ( Kingston site

With her head tucked underneath her arm
She walks the bloody tower,
With her head tucked underneath her arm
at the midnight hour.

1924

New York critics see a hastily concocted, last-ditch Marx Brothers vaudeville stage revue called ‘I’ll Say She Is‘. (*)
 
The critics are there only because the opening night of a dramatic play was cancelled … and are stunned uproariously. The rest, as they say …
 
Their second film, 1929’s The Cocoanuts is based on the 1925 musical written for the Marx’s — Irving Berlin‘s first book musical. It features an oddly staged dance number built around a very clever piece of music (Monkey Doodle-Doo) that any aspiring composer ought listen to closely. (And marvel at the result given the state of sound tech at that time.) Cocoanuts/Berlin 

Groucho takes a look at Chico and Harpo’s lone suitcase when they check into the Hotel.
Groucho: That bag’s empty!
Chico: We fill it up before we leave.

 ( Fansite (*)
Horsefeathers  Animal Crackers  Mirror scene 

2009

Debut of Fox TV musical comedy-drama series Glee.
 
The widely-adored show’s fictional glee club New Directions — wearing spiffy blazers no less — for two seasons, sings only covers of known hits. In 2009, the Glee cast got 25 singles onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2010 it put 80 on the charts.
 ( Website Glad You Came 

See also: List of songs in Glee, Glee Cast discography

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