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Lyr Req: Tut-Ankh-Amen (Laurena Van Valkenburg)

13 Feb 03 - 04:00 PM (#889740)
Subject: Off topic Song Request - 'King Tut...'
From: The Walrus

I'm sorry to place this off topic request here, but I don't know where else to ask.

I'm looking for a song from the 1920s (probably a jazz piece) called something like:

"King Tut, He ain't no regular guy"

The song/tune was mentioned in passing during a lecture on "Egyptonania" and its effects on furniture and decoration - I'm on a Restoration and Conservation course, so design history gets involved - so muggins here mentions "ephemera" and suddenly I'm asked to find if I can locate any details of the song (That'll teach me to keep my big mouth shut).

Does anyone out there in the Cafe have any ideas about this pease, please?



13 Feb 03 - 04:08 PM (#889747)
Subject: RE: Off topic Song Request - 'King Tut...'
From: MMario

found mention of this at Levy sheet music site:

Title: Tut-Ankh-amen (A Tut Trot).
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Words and Music by Laurena Van Valkenburg.
Publication: Sedalia, MO: A.W. Perry's Sons, Music Publishers, 1923.
    Instrumentation: piano and voice
    Form of Composition: strophic with chorus
    First Line: Tut-ankh-amen reigned on earth, three thousand years ago
    First Line of Chorus: Poor King Tut, they put him in a hut
    Subject: Rulers
    Subject: Mummies
    Call No.: Box: 157 Item: 061

13 Feb 03 - 05:22 PM (#889794)
Subject: RE: Off topic Song Request - 'King Tut...'
From: Joe Offer

I suppose it's not Dead Egyptian Blues, but it's a good excuse for me to call attention to it.
I love that song.
-Joe Offer-

23 Mar 08 - 11:14 PM (#2296265)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tut-Ankh-Amen (Laurena Van Valkenburg)
From: Jim Dixon

From the sheet music at The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music:

Words and music by Laurena Van Valkenburg

1. Tut-ankh-amen reigned on earth three thousand years ago.
A great and mighty king was he, but now a relic show.

CHORUS: Poor King Tut, they put him in a hut
All paved with jewels and gold.
Ev'rything is out of style 'less it's just in from the Nile,
So now we'll have to Tut awhile.
Cute little Jeff will find that he is left,
Also Charlie and Mut,
For the latest feat, that has got 'em beat,
Is King Tut.

2. They opened his sacred tomb and brought him out to see
All the astounding wonders of nineteen-twenty-three.

06 May 14 - 01:34 PM (#3624416)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Tut-Ankh-Amen (Laurena Van Valkenburg)
From: GUEST,Ashley Pomeroy

Yes, I realise this is eleven years old, but it's been bugging ME as well. The answer is that it's "Tutankhamun King of the Nile" by Riccardo Wolf, an awful singalong disco number that seems to have been released as a self-published single in 1978. Youtube (did Youtube even exist in 2003?) has a clip of him singing it. Lyrics: "Tutankhamun weren't no regular guy / he could send you on a trip without you sayin' goodbye" etc.