It’s National Kazoo Day!

It’s a day to honor the humble instrument, used by kids (well, this particular former kid, anyway) to annoy adults from time immemorial (or again, at least since the early 1970s). As it happens, the kazoo has featured in the work of Charles Ives and the first introit of Leonard Bernstein’s mass. There’s even a kazoo museum (Kazooseum?) not too far from Mondoville, in Beaufort (pronounced BYOO-fert), SC.

To commemorate the event, here’s a song that features the instrument in a common setting: the jug band. Specifically, here’s “Granny Takes A Trip” by England’s Purple Gang. Although the song was (ahem) about an elderly woman trying to break into movies, the BBC looked askance at the title in 1967 and banned the song from airplay. Here, I shall attempt to rectify the error. Happy kazooing, everyone!

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About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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