Saturday, 8 December 2018

Christmas Music… Little Donkey In Denmark Street

DC Editor Adam writes…

Little Donkey

On a visit to Chappell Music Publishers in Denmark Street in 1959, songwriter Eric Boswell had a chance meeting with wartime chanteuse Gracie Fields. 

Fields' career was in the doldrums and she was looking for a hit song to put her back on top. Boswell offered her Little Donkey.

The song was also recorded by Bethnal Green's very own Beverley Sisters and the popularity of both versions ensured that the song reached No.1 on the sheet music sales chart at the end of 1959. The sheet music sales chart carried more prestige than the record sales chart back then.

Northern lass Fields' Columbia recording made number 20 in the hit parade, outdone by our pride of the East End – the Beverley Sisters scored a number 14 hit for Decca.

In 1960 Dutch singing duo Nina and Frederick took it to No.3 in the UK chart.

The Beverleys, Gracie Fields and three other versions of Eric Boswell's Little Donkey for you to enjoy…

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