I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman

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"I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman"
Single by Whistling Jack Smith
B-side "The British Grin and Bear"
Released 1967
Format 7" single
Genre Novelty
Length 2:22
Label Deram 45-DEM-85005
Writer(s) Roger Greenaway, Roger Cook

"I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman" was a hit single in 1967 composed by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway.[1] It was a novelty record, being performed mostly by whistling. This was credited to Whistling Jack Smith provided as a session musician by Mike Sammes of the Mike Sammes Singers.[2][3] Whistling Jack Smith was a play on the name of the baritone singer of the 1920s, '30s and '40s, Whispering Jack Smith. The public face of Whistling Jack Smith was Billy Moeller, who was the brother of Tommy Moeller, lead vocalist, guitarist, and pianist with Unit 4 + 2. The song is noted for its false ending, where after the songs ends its last chorus, with a male's voice shouting "Oi" (on the album version) and "Hey" (on the single version), then starts up again with the repeated chorus, and soon fades out.

In the US, Billboard peaked the song at #20, while in their "Easy Listening" survey, it reached #8.[citation needed] The competitive trade "Record World", peaked the song at #15.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paul Simpson, The rough guide to cult pop 
  2. ^ Terry Rawlings, Then, now and rare British beat 1960-1969 
  3. ^ Whistling in the wind for a good tune, Western Daily Press, Oct 11, 2005