The Queen Mother’s Ska And Other Criminal Records
Paul Hardcastle’s ode to stammering in the face of battle, n-n-n-n 19, fails to make the cut, as do All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth and Smack My Bitch Up.
Instead, the Queen’s Mum owned recordings by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Montana Slim, Paul Simon, the wartime speeches of Winston Churchill, jokes by Tony Hancock and The Goons, an LP by The Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, a song called Thank U Very Much, Elgar’s Coronation Ode, Greensleeves, a Salvation Army Band LP, Edith Piaf, Fiddler’s Dram,
The Queen Mother’s official biographer, William Shawcross, adds:
“During one of her trips to the Caribbean in the Sixties she was introduced to ska music, which she became very fond of.”
God save the queen – and God help her Caribbean pals: