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Sings the Grunt Song and Other Country Classics

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Sings the Grunt Song and Other Country Classics
Sings the Grunt Song and Other Country Classics


One suspects that Cliffie Stone was not too serious about his singing career, but nevertheless he achieved three Country hits in the late 1940s with "Silver Stars, Purple Sage, Eyes Of Blue" (1947), "Peepin' Through The Keyhole" and "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again" (both 1948). Stone appears to be in his element with novelty material such as the singular "Grunt Song", a ditty with lavatorial overtones which subsequently has become a cult classic. From the pen of Cousin Herb Henson comes "The Board Of Education", the lyrics making it clear that the usually quoted title, "Bored Of Education", is the wrong play on words. Billy Vaughn, the future musical dynamo of the Dot label, wrote "Dirty Dishes", whilst humorist Stan Freberg was the collaborator on "B-One Baby". Freberg began his professional career in 1943 performing vocal impressions on a Cliffie Stone radio programme, and it was Stone's band who backed his first record (on Capitol) in 1950, "John And Marsha".Stone made sure trends of the day were covered, as with "Jump Rope Boogie" from 1951 featuring Jimmy Bryant on guitar and Billy Liebert on piano. On the flip was "The Hokey Cokey" which doubtless inspired Ray Anthony's 1953 better known version on Capitol; a dispute about the authorship of the novelty dance tune arose when an obscure group of Americans claimed they had written it in 1949 when in fact it had been very popular in war-time England some years earlier. Also popular around 1950 was Square Dancing and Stone cut a lot of sides to suit, none bettered than caller Les Gotcher monotoning his way through "Square Dance Boogie" and an adaptation of Peggy Lee's song "Manana".


  1. Name
  2. Grunt Song
  3. Jump Rope Boogie
  4. Board Of Education
  5. Hokey Pokey
  6. Square Dance Boogie - Stone, Cliffie & Les Gotcher
  7. Daughter Of Jole Blon
  8. Dirty Dishes
  9. Manana - Stone, Cliffie & Les Gotcher
  10. Fire Ball Mail
  11. Tennessee Central (No 9) - Stone, Cliffie & Terry Preston
  12. Peepin' Through The Keyhole (Watching Jole Blon)
  13. Silver Stars Purple Sage Eyes Of Blue
  14. China Doll - Stone, Cliffie & Terry Preston
  15. When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
  16. Everyone's Sweetheart And Nobody's Gal
  17. Cream Of Kentucky
  18. Sugar Pie
  19. So Long To The Red River Valley
  20. Watch It Neighbour
  21. Sugar Hill
  22. B One Baby
  23. Spanish Bells - Stone, Cliffie & Porky Freeman
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