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Thread #20761   Message #1033498
Posted By: Pat Cooksey
10-Oct-03 - 09:22 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Sicknote
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sicknote
Well done Jim Dixon, you have finally hit the nail on the head
regarding my criditing Gerard Hoffnung as the inspiration of my
song.
I was aware of the story before I heard Hoffnung's version but
it was his impeccable timing that suggested to me that a song could
be created using this idea, Hoffnung never claimed to have written
the story, he says this on his recording, and this accident report
appeared in print many years before his recording of it.
I have been told that a sketch based on this story was used in the
English music Halls in the early part of the last century by Stan
Laurel amongst others, it was certainly used in Laurel and Hardy's
film Way Out West from 1937, directed by Laurel.
In truth however I think it will never be establised how far back
some form of this tale goes, my name will suggest who the Paddy in
question was.

All the best,

Pat.