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Thread #146510   Message #3392834
Posted By: CupOfTea
20-Aug-12 - 04:08 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Henry the 8th by Herman's Hermits
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Henry the 8th by Herman's Hermits
Having been a Herman's Hermits fan as a wee gurl, I was delighted to learn of the English Music Hall origins of this song - and the extensive verses - as the result of adult exposure to such delights as Roberts & Barrand and David Jones.

David Jones has it on a couple of his recordings, but "Songs of Exquisite Taste" is my favorite. I clearly recall John & Tony singing this one during their Folk Alliance "Main stage" showcase at the 1995 Boston Folk Alliance - the one where singer-songwriters started to overwhelm the traditionalists. God Bless mature tastes, even in silliness - John & Tony or David do Henry VIII with more verve than Herman ever could muster. They also have a much more interesting repertoire than 90% of the Singer-songwriters at that event.

Joanne in Cleveland, traddie at heart with a taste in "exquisite" songs.