Mouldy Old Dough
Recorded in the front room of Woodward's Coventry semi-detached, it featured his mother Hilda Woodward on piano, in a boogie-woogie, honky-tonk, ragtime style. The only lyrics are the growled title "Mouldy Old Dough" and "Dirty Old Man" by Fletcher. When Fletcher asked what they meant, their author, Rob Woodward, said he had no idea.
Originally released in early 1972, it flopped on its first release. It was picked up in Belgium and used on a current affairs programme, and became a hit there, reaching number one on their singles chart. Decca, encouraged by this success, re-released it and with the backing of then BBC Radio 1 DJ Noel Edmonds, it finally became a hit in the UK, spending four weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart in October 1972. It sold 790,000 copies.
"Mouldy Old Dough" (the title being an adaptation of the 1920s jazz phrase, "vo-de-o-do") became the second biggest selling UK single of the year, behind The Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards' bagpipe version of "Amazing Grace".
The tune was also used by LOTO New Zealand as a successful advertising routine.
Uses of "Mouldy Old Dough"
- It was one of the choices of Jarvis Cocker when he appeared on the long-running BBC Radio 4 programme, Desert Island Discs.
- Since 1972, the track has played over the tannoy at the beginning of Oldham Athletic A.F.C. home games which coincided with the club rising from the 4th Division to the 2nd Division.
- The song has been covered by British group Shades of Green and features in their first album Rockin' Poppin' Ravin', released in 1973 by Windmill Records, London (WMD 164 stereo).
- The song has since become almost a 'theme song' for the sport of British Banger racing, where it is played at the start of many races at tracks across Great Britain, as the racers begin their 'rolling lap'.
- It also became popular in New Zealand in the early 1990s due to its use in a television advertisement for Instant Kiwi scratchcards. 
- Being used by Kasabian pre-gig warm up song 2014
- Winifred Atwell — had repeated number one hits with a similar boogie-woogie style of piano-playing.
- Russ Conway
- Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 147. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
- Roberts, David (2001). British Hit Singles (14th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 43. ISBN 0-85156-156-X.
- Ian Gittins (2007), Top of the Pops: Mishaps, Miming, and Music, p. 78, ISBN 978-1-84607-327-4
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 321. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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