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Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)
“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Today is National Banana Lovers Day. "I am not making this up." - Dave Barry (b. 03 July 1947)
BONUS - Day-O (The Banana Boat Song - Harry Belafonte, 1956
"Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" is a traditional Jamaican folk song; the best-known version was released by Jamaican-American singer Harry Belafonte in 1956 and later became one of his signature songs. That same year The Tarriers released an alternative version that incorporated the chorus of another Jamaican folk song, "Hill and Gully Rider". The Tarriers version was later recorded by Shirley Bassey.
The song has mento influences, but "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" was commonly classified as an example of the better known calypso music. It is a work song, from the point of view of dock workers working the night shift loading bananas onto ships. Daylight has come, the shift is over, and they want their work to be counted up so that they can go home.
The song originated as a Jamaican folk song. It was thought to be sung by Jamaican banana workers, with a repeated melody and refrain (call and response); to each set lyric, the workers made a response. There were numerous versions of lyrics, some likely improvised on the spot by the singers. The song was probably created around the second half of the nineteenth century or the first half of twentieth century, where there was a rise of the banana trade in Jamaica...
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Birthday today to
Pat Helmick Glover ('57) AND Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57)
My Cousin, Jim Atkinson
Tucker HS - '77) of AZ!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to
Tony Lapides ('57)
Happy Birthday this week to:
29 - Richard Coltrane ('57) AND the late Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) (d. 09/17/08);
30 - Me ('65) of NC AND Chuck Springfield ('66) of VA;
03 - Morton Binder ('57)!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
100 YEARS AGO TODAY:
THIS DAY IN WWII:
THIS DAY IN 1968:
Monday, August 27, 1968 - Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark (Πριγκίπισσα Μαρίνα της Ελλάδας και Δανίας) (b. 13 Dec 1906 in Athens, Greece) died from a brain tumor at the age of 61 in Kensington Palace, London, England.
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 08/26/15:
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 08/27/18:
Crochet Banana by Viktoria - "The pattern is crocheted around in a spiral, without closing the laps. Insert a marker (such as a piece of yarn in a contrasting color) in the first stitch of the row. This makes it easier to see where the laps begin and end."
BONUS BANANA RECIPES: