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    This song was on an episode of the 1967 radio comedy I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again. The tune is definitely familiar and I think the lyrics might be a spoof on the original lyrics. Attached is a 30 second clip taken from the BBC I-Player - can anyone identify the original song? Thanks :-)

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    Doesn’t play unfortunately.
    Do you know what episode it was and was it definitely I.S.I R.T.A.? ‘One Song ......’ is on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.

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    It's not specifically "One Song..." but that style. A known(?) tune with other lyrics put to it, making it hard to identify.

    Following is a link to the original programme, but it is only available for a very limited amount of time. Tune starts at about 10:18.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00w6bws

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katipo View Post
    It's not specifically "One Song..." but that style. A known(?) tune with other lyrics put to it, making it hard to identify.

    Following is a link to the original programme, but it is only available for a very limited amount of time. Tune starts at about 10:18.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00w6bws
    It’s a parody of Frankie Laine's Ghost Riders in the Sky. Trust me... this was probably way before your time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katipo View Post
    It's not specifically "One Song..." but that style. A known(?) tune with other lyrics put to it, making it hard to identify.

    Following is a link to the original programme, but it is only available for a very limited amount of time. Tune starts at about 10:18.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00w6bws
    Well I tried, but...sorry...not known to me. The programme is, of course, and obviously what ISIHAC is based on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larkenfield View Post
    This is a parody of Frankie Laine's Ghost Riders in the Sky. Trust me... this was probably way before your time!
    Could be...though Frankie was one of many to cover this song. It's more of a pastiche of a style/sub-genre, wouldn't you say?

    https://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-cowboysongs/
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    3 of us from the old Amazon forums went to recordings of 2 ISIHAC programmes in Glasgow a couple of years ago. Hysterically funny, real fall-off-your-seat stuff. It was Scottish biased and featured the wonderful Susan Calman and Fred MacAulay, lots of unbroadcastable exchanges. I have a purple kazoo.
    Before it started, the man next to me leaned over and said quite seriously: “I wonder if it will be Samantha or Sven, today?” A lovely, surreal, very British moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    Could be...though Frankie was one of many to cover this song. It's more of a pastiche of a style/sub-genre, wouldn't you say?
    Sorry to disagree. I believe the OP is looking for the name of the original song used in the parody rather than who covered it, and the parody is even being mimicked in the voice of Frankie Laine, who was big at the time. His and the BBC version are almost exactly the same melodically if one listens carefully. It’s called Ghost Riders in the Sky. Anyone who can find a closer match of songs deserves a medal. Laine was still popular in the 1960s when this BBC show was done in 1967. It seems obvious how close a match the spirit of the songs are, even if not exactly the same, as a western-type parody, simply by hearing & comparing them. Good luck, otherwise.
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    The melody is definitely not Ghost Riders in the Sky. What it is, I know not.

    Some similar songs, just to get the flavor of similar melodies:

    Frankie Laine: Wild Goose
    Chuck Berry: Downbound Train
    The Cheers: Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots
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    The search is not worth wasting another minute of time on.
    Last edited by Larkenfield; Feb-01-2018 at 20:47.
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