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Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?

Mr Happy 20 Jul 09 - 07:00 AM
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Subject: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 07:00 AM

We're all, I expect, used to hearing the loud bonging & sometimes distorted & raucous, chimes of the ice cream vans announcing their presence in the neighbourhood.

I've heard 'em use a variety of themes, a recent one round here being 'Greensleeves'

Other common tunes are 'Papa Piccolino', & the 'famous' 'O Solo Mio' [Just one Cornetto!]

I was at Cleckheaton FF a few weeks back, & was heartened to hear 'The Trumpet Hornpipe' [Captain Pugwash] blaring out near the campsite, & wondered, is this a new way of introducing folk tunes to the masses?

What think you?


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 07:37 AM

Greensleeves has been used for many years and now I'm hearing ' You Are My Sunshine ' I've no idea which ice cream man it is.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: DMcG
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 08:13 AM

I have visions of driving round playing various "Bronson" tunes on the chimes. Not stopping to sell any ice-cream, of course. I wonder what the rules are on that ...


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Susan of DT
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 08:13 AM

One of the companies around here (NJ, US) plays Turkey in the Straw.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 08:15 AM

Would LOVE to know who picks the tunes and how!

In our neighborhood:

"Do you hears hang low,
do they wobble to and fro,
can you tie them in a knot,
can you tie them in a bow?"

... ad nauseum.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Bernard
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 09:22 AM

In the old days when they were 'real' musical box movements amplified, they were stuck with the tune it came with. I have hilarious memories of one ice cream van (Eldorado, as I recall, in an old Ford Thames!), with a really weird sounding tune, totally unrecognisable.

I asked the vendor about it at the time (I'd be around 14, now 61!), and he said it was supposed to be Greensleeves, but the pin barrel must have been in the wrong way!

Nowadays they are mostly electronic, and come with a variety of tunes. I don't know how easy it is to change the selection, or if they are fixed in some way on installation...

You can tell the electronic ones, because they always start at the beginning of the tune, whereas the mechanical ones would start where they left off!


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: GUEST,Uly
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 10:46 AM

Mostly they do Turkey in the Straw, but there's one notable one that does the Tetris song.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: fat B****rd
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 12:34 PM

When I was a lad in late 50s Cleethorpes the Sunday afternoon Midland Counties ice cream van would be round playing (I think)"March Militaire". The tune still causes salivation.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: The Sandman
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 12:39 PM

bet they are not playing Lord Randall.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 12:49 PM

tHE eNTERTAINER AND tURKEY iN tHE sTRAW HERE IN mAINE.
dAMN cAPSLOCK!


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 12:50 PM

You would have loved seeing Dennis flying up the street trying to silence Turkey In The Straw during Judy's concert. It stopped - I was amazed. No argument about civil rights or freedom of speech or anything.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Valmai Goodyear
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 02:50 PM

What would be a suitable song? Davy Lowston? Lord Franklin?

Any tune ought to be modal: preferably in freezian mode, which is like phrygian mode, only chillier.

Valmai (Lewes)


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Darowyn
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 03:09 PM

My jazz trumpet playing friend was green with envy when I told him that our local ice cream man plays "The Peanut Vendor".
"That's what you get in a posh place like where you live," he said.
My guess is that the driver does not know the name of the tune he uses, unless ground nut oil is a bigger ingredient than i thought.
Cheers
Dave


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 03:23 PM

Last year we had one that played Popeye the Sailor Man (a folk melody that has inspired numerous Traditional Folk Verses of the bawdy variety). Haven't heard it this year though. Maybe I'll write a song about its passing.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: GUEST,petr
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 03:25 PM

ditto for the entertainer and turkey in the straw..
here in Vancouver. What bugs me though, its only the A part, never the B
come on can't you put in the whole tune?

at one of the citifest (free folk festivals) a few years ago a fiddler was on stage when the Ice Cream van went by playing Turkey in the Straw and the fiddler broke into a great rendition in response. Got a good laugh out of that.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Bernard
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 04:27 PM

The length of the tune used to be limited by the circumference of the barrel in mechanical boxes, but there should be no such limitation with them thar new fangled lecktrickery doodads!

Round here there was one that played a snatch from Swan Lake ballet at about five times the 'proper' speed. Only the short snatch that goes 'Ding... dingadingading - a-ding - a-ding - a-dingadingadong...!' Aaah... you had to be there!


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Tangledwood
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 06:18 PM

I've heard 'em use a variety of themes, a recent one round here being 'Greensleeves'

I recall icecream vans playing that about fifty years ago. I think they've been doing it for so long that it's sometimes considered to be a folk song nowdays.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: glueman
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 06:54 PM

I remember Popeye well. The frustrating part was the chime never went beyond the sixth note after the second repeat verse, inviting the mind to finish the refrain. I think it was an ascending minor which left an expectant musical chasm.

He sold Tonibell Miniballs among other ice cream, a plastic pyramid of raspberry ripple with a bubblegum at the base. My wife knows them by some other name.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Padre
Date: 20 Jul 09 - 11:36 PM

Singout magazine had an article in about 1964 which used an ice cream chime tune as the basis for finger-picking instruction. The tune was called "Vanilla Varmint."


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Gibb Sahib
Date: 21 Jul 09 - 12:19 AM

Ethnomusicologist Dan Neely once did some research on ice cream truck music in NYC. See HERE


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Jul 09 - 01:53 AM

Yeah, mostly they do "Turkey in the Straw," but in Dani's neighborhood, they do "Do Your Ears Hang Low?"

What's wrong with this picture?

Dani.....



-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Splott Man
Date: 21 Jul 09 - 03:48 AM

Round yer they plays We'll Keep a Welcome In the Hillsides, well they would wouldn't they.

When I was a kid in Surrey, the Walls van had it's own 5-note riff, which I can still remember.

When I first went over the water, the tune there was Redwing.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: GUEST,buspass
Date: 21 Jul 09 - 04:38 AM

Anybody else remember the scene in 'Comfort & Joy' the Bill Forsyth film based on the Glasgow icecream wars where the heavies gather round a cassette recorder playing toy xylophones to make the chimes for the vans!
A friend of ours always tells his numorous kids that the icecream man only plays the chimes when he's got nothing left to sell! [He is from Yorkshire!]


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: rich-joy
Date: 21 Jul 09 - 05:45 AM

The new "Mr Whippy" ice cream vans of the 60s, in Australia, played "Greensleeves", which led to a popular folk trio of the time : "The Twilighters" : writing a clever parody called "Creamsleeves" ... have the words somewhere if anyone's interested!

Cheers, R-J


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
Date: 21 Jul 09 - 11:34 AM

Round here we get two vans, one playing Oranges and Lemons, the other plays Girls and Boys Come Out to Play. As a result, my kids have learned the words (including variations to both) and get very excited and sing along when they hear a "music van". Sooner or later they're going to work out they also sell icecream. ;-)


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 21 Jul 09 - 11:38 AM

Wasn't there another thread on this a while back? I seem to recall mentioning that Middlewich ice cream vans currently play the 'Wheels' cha-cha, as popularised by Tony Holland the musical muscle man on 'Opportunity Knocks'


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Gibb Sahib
Date: 21 Jul 09 - 12:12 PM

BTW, here nowadays (Hartford County, Connecticut) the trucks play "Camptown Races".... which of course I hear as "Sacramento" -- HOO-DAH!


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Barbara
Date: 21 Jul 09 - 01:28 PM

Dani, I think what Joe is trying to say is that "Do your ears hang low" and "Turkey in the Straw" are practically the same tune, only with a few more passing notes in "Turkey".
Perhaps, Joe, in Dani's neighborhood the resident ice cream truck is missing a bell or two?
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 21 Jul 09 - 04:27 PM

Barbara,
Not necessarily.
'Do your balls hang low' to give it its earlier title goes to the Sailors' (College) Hornpipe (Blue Peter TV theme) in my neck of the woods, Yorkshire.
Do yer balls 'ang low, can you swing em to and fro?
Can yer tie em in a knot can you tie 'em in a bow?
Do yer get a funny feelin' when yer bang 'em on the ceilin,
Do yer get a funny feelin' when yer balls 'ang low?


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Bugsy
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 12:56 AM

I remember in Stevenage UK in the late 50's Tonibell (who were originally Toni's round our way) used to have their own tune (it even had words.

Tonibell Tonibell Tonibell time
Tonibell Tonibell Tonibell time
Friendly guy, come and buy when the bells chime
He comes your way at, everyday at, Tonibell time.

And Walls Icecream also had their own chime which was just 5 notes
A,D,F#.A.D (The last D being a high D)

Don't remember Lyons or Neilson's though


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Splott Man
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 03:48 AM

There was a new chime on our block last night - the Harry Lime Theme


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Bugsy
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 04:02 AM

Can anyone remember the Eldorado Ice cream van chime?

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: rich-joy
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 04:31 AM

re my post at 5.45AM on the 21st -
I should've known better than to offer lyrics without first checking the DigiTrad! - coz the words to "Creamsleeves" are already in older threads, along with much discussion.
:~)

Cheers!
R-J


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Mr Red
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 05:17 AM

At the volumes I hear - introduction is a little understating the case.

But it does come from a long tradition of calling their wares. In the days of street cries ice cream sellers used to shout "Poco um Gecca" which morphed into Hokey Pokey. Well that was what I read but it may have been a fairly localised call & probably London.

round here "Greensleeves is my delight" (not).


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 06:36 AM

If Harry Christophers doesn't know who wrote "Greensleeves" (he's sure it wasn't Henry the Eighth, though), then we can be quite sure it's an E. trad./English traditional folk song: as used by John Gay in the folk-opera The Beggar's Opera; a record number, apparently, of ice-cream vans; and, I've just learnt, in parody by an Aussie folk-group.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Mr Red
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 07:44 AM

The Song Greensleeves has been documented to about 50 years after Henry VIII's death. The inference is that he might have written it but the evidence is not there. He was an accomplished musician. There is a record of a Morris tune called Greensleeves (from the time of his encumbancy) but I am not sure if we know how the tune went.
Here endeth the gospel according to Paul Burgess (who is erudite on these matters).

I have no doubt the street sellers of old were regarded with less than universal cuteness. Plus ca Change.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 11:38 AM

I used to hear Beethoven's 'Fur Elise' from the ice cream truck, but no more. Now it's 'Turkey in the Straw.'

A couple years ago, I was visiting my sister in Denver, CO. We decided to get festive and buy a treat in the park. $2.75! Not worth it.

Could the music about a turkey be a sly reference to the asuteness of those who buy their stuff? Just wondering. (For those not familiar with it, in the U.S., 'turkey' is slang for stupid person. Not just stupid actually, but stupid and self-destructive.)


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: open mike
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 11:54 AM

yes i recall Beethoven's 'Fur Elise' and another symphonic tune...
i have heard an alarm clock that also uses that tune...something in a minor i think...can't recall the name..(etude?)


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 04:55 PM

Bugsy,
I think Nielsen's was 'Big Ben chimes ten.' The song went:-
                      'Niel-sen's Ice-cream, Niel-sen's Ice-cream.'
which is also used by Pompey (Portsmouth) fans on the terraces.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Bugsy
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 10:02 PM

"I think Nielsen's was 'Big Ben chimes ten.'"
You May well be right Steve. I also seem to remember a company that played "Forgotten Dreams"

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: GUEST,Jack Campin (in Transylvania)
Date: 23 Jul 09 - 09:04 AM

I hadn't heard of a Nielsen's ice cream - the Nielsen connection that comes to my mind is a two-note figure that some ATMs play - it's the same as the repeated two notes at the start of Carl Nielsen's Fifth Symphony.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Ian Fyvie
Date: 23 Jul 09 - 11:05 PM

A sad thought that, with folk music effectively banned in English schools, ice cream van chimes are the only Folk youngsters are likely to hear.

Ian Fyvie


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: davyr
Date: 24 Jul 09 - 06:50 AM

I've heard of a made-up Morris dance called "Mr Softee", danced to the tune played by vans selling that brand of ice cream in the States.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Splott Man
Date: 25 Jul 09 - 06:57 PM

Tonight we were treated to the theme from Match of the Day (BBC Sport)

I can't work out if it's one ice cream van with several tunes or different ice cream vans.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: GUEST,Bizibod
Date: 25 Jul 09 - 07:13 PM

Our ice cream van used to play "O Sole Mio" .
It amused my kids to hear these words sung in a very operatic Italian style. Amuses me still.


"I'ma Pavarotti, the ice-a cream man,
I'm stuck for ever eensida thees van,
I can't squeeze out through the door,
And so I'll stay here , for e-e-ver mo-o-o-o-ore !"

Not sung that for years, *>D
                         *


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Jane Bird
Date: 27 Jul 09 - 04:33 PM

Our local ice cream van changes its tune from time to time. Tonight it was The Liberty Bell, played slightly too fast, so that it sounds a bit unhinged!


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 27 Jul 09 - 05:08 PM

Tonight we had O Sole Mio, aka Just-a One Cornetto. I wonder what happened to Popeye?


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 07:30 AM

ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FbRMmJMJDI


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Dave Illingworth
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 07:43 AM

"buspass",

The lovely thing about that scene in the film "Comfort and Joy",
was they had to record the tune over and over again for each ice-cream van. as they had no facilities to record multiple cassettes.
I've been there (not in the ice-cream trade). We must be thankful I suppose for some technological advances......

Has anyone come across a mobile fish-and-chip van with a jingle ?

Then there is the old joke about parents telling their children that the ice-cream-van music was a way of saying "Sorry - no ice-creams left"........


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Will Fly
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 07:51 AM

I note that the OP for this thread is "Mr. Happy". I don't suppose you're a first cousin to Mr. Whippy and Mr. Softee, are you?

I detect a subtle secret salivation campaign here... do you have shares in Ben & Jerry or Hagen-Daasz?

:-)


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 08:53 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akutaq


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 11:16 AM

There's one that without fail goes past my window when I'm practicing on my melodeon....can't remeber the tune (might be greensleeves) but its very off-putting.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 01:23 PM

It is noticeable how the improvement in amplification equipment   has made the ice cream chimes much clearer and less distorted.
The same thing has happened with Santa Claus' annual trip around Middlewich just before Christmas, courtesy of the Middlewich Round Table. The over-amplified and raucous carols-on-cassette were a sure sign each year that Christmas was coming.
In recent years, however, an i-pod connected to a small, powerful and crystal clear battery amp provides a sound which wouldn't disgrace a hi-fi system.
Naturally, nostalgia being what it is, I find that I am now missing the old, screeching, blaring, Christmas carols.
And the old screeching, blaring ice cream chimes too.
It's still the 'Wheels' cha cha here, by the way - I think he's called Mr Whippy. Or am I thinking of a Tory MP?


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 04:47 AM

The tune was 'boys and girls come out to play' got out my concertina and it appeared again.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: MartinRyan
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 03:23 PM

I seem to remember hearing Johnny Todd a.k.a. the theme from Z-cars being used in this way manyyears ago!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Bugsy
Date: 30 Jul 09 - 03:01 AM

"The tune was 'boys and girls come out to play' got out my concertina and it appeared again."

My goodness! I'd forgotten all about that one! I wonder was it Lyons Ice Cream vans that played that back in the early 50's?

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 30 Jul 09 - 08:04 AM

..........sort've top ten poll done last year by a local paper:

http://www.tamesideadvertiser.co.uk/news/s/1060219_does_this_chime_with_you


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 30 Jul 09 - 08:11 AM

What's that Mystery Tune there, Mr Happy? I know it - everyone does, but what's it's name?


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Bugsy
Date: 31 Jul 09 - 01:47 AM

I think it'd called "The Skaters Waltz"


Cheers


bugsy


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 31 Jul 09 - 02:02 AM

I haven't lived in the city for eight years now, so I haven't heard ice cream trucks. I used to had the sound of those distroted, stretched cassettes playing the same thing over and over again. I've always thought an ice cream truck should have a happy sound, and shouldn't be so aggravating.
I'm glad to see the report from Dave Roberts that ice cream trucks have turned to digital sound.

Fie on your nostalgia for warbly cassettes, Dave!!!


-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Bugsy
Date: 31 Jul 09 - 03:22 AM

As heard here Skaters Waltz


Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: glueman
Date: 31 Jul 09 - 03:47 AM

Also rememeber Johnny Todd chimes. Which brings back memories of the same tune on BBC schools radio being sung by a Peter Pears soundalike. Or maybe the real thing? A trained voice is death to folk but a godsend to children taking the piss.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: GUEST,LDT
Date: 31 Jul 09 - 11:05 AM

maybe ice cream vans could empoly a musician to play a tune live? lol!


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: SharonA
Date: 01 Aug 09 - 05:35 AM

Valmai Goodyear said, "Any tune ought to be modal: preferably in freezian mode, which is like phrygian mode, only chillier.

Methinks it should be in frigid-ian mode.

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The local truck has played "Music Box Dancer" and "The Entertainer" in the past but I haven't heard it recently. Must be the recession.

I wrote a song recently about the ice cream truck. In what I call the interlude of the song, I imagined the truck driver singing along to "The Entertainer". Here are the lyrics:


I, C, E, C, R, E-A-M
Copyright 2009 Sharon E. Abbott All rights reserved.


On a dog-day afternoon,
The heat can really make you swoon
But when you hear that bell, you know darn well
You're gonna hear the neighborhood kids croonin' for some
Ice Cream ["Mom, can I have some money?"]
They want some Ice Cream ["Hurry, the truck's almost here!"]
All their friends are in line; they wanna be with them
And buy some I, C, E, C, R, E-A-M !

All the parents on the street
Know it's a battle they can't beat
'Cause when the truck drives slow, they can't say "no"
When all their kids are cryin' for that treat!
They're cryin'
Ice Cream ["It's too expensive, sweetie"]
They want some Ice Cream ["You'll spoil your dinner"]
They've got money in hand -- their folks gave in to them --
They're buyin' I, C, E, C, R, E-A-M !

BRIDGE:
Ev'ry freezer in e'ry kid's house
Has got a gallon of their fav'roite flavor
But they forget it even when their folks grouse
About the extra money Mommy gave for
Buyin' Ice Cream…
[INSTRUMENTAL – STOP SINGING CHORUS BUT CONTINUE PLAYING TO END OF CHORUS]

Now, the ice-cream truck man Bob
He doesn't seem to like his job.
He hears the same darned song the whole day long;
He sees the same darned neighborhood kids mobbin' him for
Ice Cream ["And what would you like today?"]
He's sellin' Ice Cream ["Don't push; theres plenty for everybody"]
The kids are 'way out of line; nobody's watching them
Fight over I, C, E, C, R, E-A-M !

BRIDGE:
Bob has got a left-face, left-arm tan
And a career that's such a big no-brainer:
He drives in circles and he rings a bell an'
He sings a send-up of The Entertainer…

INTERLUDE (to the tune of "The Entertainer"):
It's a living but not a life
Just sellin' creamsicles all the day long.
I'm supporting my kids and wife
While I'm making up words to fit this song
And I'm sandwiched here in between
Their sundae cones and my Saturday nights.
I'm vanilla, it seems,
With Neapolitan dreams.
I think that selling ice creams
Really bites!

But he doesn't let it show.
He's a Good Humor man, you know!
And so he's smilin' through like the parents do
When all those kids call, "There's the truck! Let's go
And get some
Ice Cream ["Eh, they're only kids once"]
They want some Ice Cream ["I whined at my Mom just like this"]
And when the kids are grown up, their kids'll pester them
To buy some I, C, E, C, R, E-A-M !
Let's have some I, C, E, C, R, E-A-M !


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: GUEST,Bruce D
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 02:58 AM

The Song Creamsleeves was sang by a good mate of Mine 'Dave Alexander' who died in 1997. The notes in his memorial album on the song suggest that the song came to Dave via the 'New World Trio' and that the some may have been composed around 1962.

The version Dave sang mention the conscription and the Vietnam War, which is proberly a re-write of the orginial version, as 1962 the Vietnam war was only just starting and Australia involvement was miminal.

Bruce D


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: rich-joy
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 08:57 AM

Hi BruceD, The parody entitled "Creamsleeves" was composed by popular Australian folk trio, The Twiliters (Gregg Ferris, Jim Maguire, Kerry White) and was featured on their live album, c.1965 (and later became a single, I think .....)

If you put "Creamsleeves" into the search box on this site, you will find a number of thread discussions of the song's provenance - and the lyrics!



BTW, my Scouser partner sometimes comes out with an advertising jingle :
"What could be nicer, than a Pendleton's twicer" - but maybe that was a radio ad, rather than from an IC van???


Cheers, R-J


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Rowan
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 06:49 PM

The Song Greensleeves has been documented to about 50 years after Henry VIII's death. The inference is that he might have written it but the evidence is not there. He was an accomplished musician. There is a record of a Morris tune called Greensleeves (from the time of his encumbancy) but I am not sure if we know how the tune went.

In Oz (and I'm sure we didn't originate it) there is a Morris tune that is known as "The bacca pipes jig" which is "Greensleeves" played in a sprightly 6/8.

And, as Tangledwood and Rich-Joy have both mentioned, Greensleeves as the theme tune for Mr Whippy vans has been out here since the early 60s. In fact, a friend of mine from student folk scene days got his solicitor's practice ("attorney" for those from the US) up and running partly by pursuing icecream vendors who "infringed Mr Whippy's copyright on the use of Greensleeves as the tune for soliciting customers". Given its age (as presented by Mr Red, above) I suspect the only leg Mr Whippy had to stand on in such an assertion would be "ownership" of their "arrangement" (thus dignifying their contribution well beyond the bounds of taste, if not credibility) of the tune.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 03:03 PM

It's still the 'Wheels' Cha Cha here in Middlewich, and I have been doing some research.

That is to say, I actually looked at the ice-cream van today, rather than just listening to its beautiful distortion-free chimes.

The ice-cream man is called 'Mr Softee', that most venerable of all British ice-cream purveyors' names (well, I imagine that the actual driver/seller himself is not called Mr Softee, but you know what I mean).

On one side of the van is the information that the van is owned by the rather charmingly named 'Carousel Creameries'.

As a diabetic I am forbidden from sampling the wares of this local institution, but I'm told that he does a wonderful '99'.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 04:10 PM

Re "Do your ears/balls hang low?" - what is the classical work from which this tune was nicked by rugby players or whoever? It was also sung by boys at my school as "In the South of France, Where they dance the hula-prance, They sing 'Daddy put your belly close to mine'". I'm sure I know, but just can't call the original title or composer to mind.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Splott Man
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 05:10 PM

Would that be to the tune of "D'ye Ken John Peel?"?


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 05:26 PM

No.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
Date: 25 Aug 09 - 08:01 AM

One of our local vans has switched to O Sole Mio, the only words I ever knew to the tune went:
"just one cornetto, give it to me
you must be joking, costs fifty p"

(50p was a lot of money back then)


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Aug 09 - 08:15 AM

Tonight we were treated to the theme from Match of the Day (BBC Sport)

so how many "D"'s in Match of the Day?


all together now.....

Dee dee d dee dee dee dee dee d deedeedee...............


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 08:23 AM

Some Aussie ice cream trucks used to just ring a bell - so does now the Home Ice Cream Man - who sells bulk prepacked stuff - i.e. a dozen cones in a pack, etc.

Many other such vendors used to just ring a bell - cheapskates, us aussies!


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: GUEST,Alex McKenna
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 08:10 PM

Nielsens and the previous DIcky-Bird van used to play The Bells of St Mary's. That was in South Hornchurch, Essex


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Young Buchan
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 12:16 AM

What we need to do now is to persuade companies to use folk songs for their bloody answering machines instead of Vivaldi played on a stylophone. If I'm going to have to hang on for twenty minutes I should at least be able to listen to a complete rendition of Lord Bateman.

They could even record a chorus:
Your call to us is most important
So do hang on, we do thee implore.
Our agents all are exceeding busy
But we're ++++ed if we're hiring any more.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 05:45 AM

One of our local vans does Disney's 'Whistle while you work'. What I never noticed on the original is the minor drop on the second runthrough. It is very noticeable on ice-cream chimes and sounds realy eerie! Reminds me of a spooky TV play some years ago where kids were singing 'Boys and Girls come out to play' (another popular van tune) and when you eventualy realised it was dead kids trying to lure people it became very disturbing!

Happy Halloween:-)

DeG


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 06:29 PM

For the sake of future ice cream chimes historians who may use the Mudcat as a resource I can tell you that, as of Halloween night 2009, the local ice cream seller here in Middlewich is still using the 'Wheels' cha cha to attract customers. And I know that Joe Offer will be pleased to hear that the sound is still superbly digital.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 15 Feb 10 - 12:52 PM

February....and like a harbinger of spring the Carousel Creameries van, piloted by Mr Softee, returns to haunt the Avenues, Drives and Closes of Middlewich. And it's still 'The Wheels Cha-cha'.
To be fair, Mr S does make sporadic appearances in winter time, usually contriving to arrive on the coldest day of the year, in a possible attempt at irony.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 16 Feb 10 - 07:53 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJSIYpPMaB4


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 16 Feb 10 - 08:00 AM

Heard on the news this morning that someone has converted an old ice cream van into a mobile bar and called it Mr Frothy:-) Not sure of the licensing implictions or when and where it can be used but I am imagining the rush of beer-bellied, bearded blokes rushing out on a Sunday afternoon, with me at the fore!

DeG


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 16 Feb 10 - 12:36 PM

A most excellent idea. I wish Mr Frothy God speed.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: bubblyrat
Date: 17 Feb 10 - 04:23 AM

The one that stays in my memory is the mournful dirge played by the ice-cream van that the eponymous "plants" follow in "The Day of The Triffids" !! Who remembers that ,eh ??


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 12:47 PM

In 1986 when i lived in glasgow the kids where waiting for their van to get ice cream and the music was twinkle twinkle, and when they heard it the singing began and i remember the staff saying stay where you are you have got to get the wheelchairs out but they wouldn't wait... and out they went! In 1988 I was in Edinburgh with my mum and that van that got the ice cream just peeped a horn and my mum loved that.
In 2007 I went to my own house and the tune I heard was yanky doodle, and that gets played all the time. It's hard to sing the words because the kids know many songs to that tune one of them is the song of Barny just written just 6 years ago for the show on telly. I think that the tune should be changed right away and it does not have to be a 185 to 1950s song it could be a song from the 1960s song by the Beatles like 'Yellow Submarine'.


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Subject: RE: Ice Cream Chimes: Folk?
From: Don Firth
Date: 19 Jan 11 - 02:47 PM

The tune that's often associated with circuses and such, frequently accompanying juggling clowns on unicycles. I think it's officially called, "The Entrance of the Gladiators." Written by Czech composer Julius Fucik.

Only with bells.

Don Firth


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