Jimmy Cricket has been reminiscing about the era of the comedy song and how he hopes he has helped keep it alive.
In his latest column for the Preston-based Lancashire Evening Post, the famous entertainer recalls “the many comedy and novelty songs that used to permeate the airwaves in the 50s and 60s”.
He adds: “Commercial radio stations all have playlists now. This means they only play songs that appeal to younger audiences , which companies who advertise with them deem to be possible customers. That’s how the commercial radio stations make their money.
“However, you can still hear comedy and novelty songs on BBC radio stations, especially on their request shows.
“However, fear not dear readers.
“Just when you thought the comedy song was a footnote in the history of popular music, along comes the man in the wellies and the battered hat to save the day!
“Yes, my new CD called Light & Shade contains gems like ‘my budgie’s been tweeting for years’ and ‘I got blotto when I thought I’d won the lotto’.”
Light & Shade was officially released on 1 February and is available for £6 at www.jimmycricketshop.co.uk and at Jimmy’s live shows.
In the inside sleeve, Jimmy talks about the history behind the CD, which features a mixture of serious and comedy songs.