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Thread #153578 Message #3598465
Posted By: GUEST,Gordon T
05-Feb-14 - 04:04 AM
Thread Name: Kenneth Williams as Rambling Sid Rumpo
Subject: RE: Kenneth Williams as Rambling Sid Rumpo
I think the Rumpo songs were mainly written by Barry Took - although it was Kenneth Williams' genius to make the character what it was.It wasnt polari in the songs - Took says they just made up a lot of the folkie lingo.I also get pissed off with people caricaturing folk as "hey nonny-no" - just pure laziness - but often Sid Rumpo (slang for "a leg-over situation" according to Took) does get a bullseye with a certain kind of fake folkie.We had a Sid Rumpo here in yorkshire many years ago called Walter Greaves - an admirable man in many ways, but a complete phony as a singer.