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Captain Beaky & His Band (Not Forgetting Hissing Sid!!!) (commonly shortened to Captain Beaky & His Band or just Captain Beaky) are two albums (volumes 1 and 2) of poetry, written by Jeremy Lloyd, set to music by Jim Parker, and recited by a selection of celebrities. The albums generated two books of poetry, BBC television shows, a West End musical, a pantomime ("Captain Beaky And His Musical Christmas" performed by Twiggy, Eleanor Bron, Keith Michell, and Jeremy Lloyd at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London in December 1981), and performances by the New York City Ballet. The first album was released on vinyl in 1977 and the second in 1980 and both were re-released on compact disc in 2002. An album is a collection of related audio tracks distributed to the public. ... Jeremy Lloyd (born 1932) is an English actor and scriptwriter, best known as the co-author of several successful British sitcoms. ... James Thomas Parker (b. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is one of the largest broadcasting corporations in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the UK alone and with a budget of more than £4 billion. ... // West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland . Along with New Yorks Broadway Theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of theatre in the... The Christmas Pantomime colour lithograph bookcover, 1890 Pantomime (informally, panto) refers to a theatrical genre, traditionally found in Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Ireland, which is usually performed around the Christmas and New Year holiday season. ... Twiggy (born Lesley Hornby on September 19, 1949) is an English supermodel, actress, and singer, now also known by her married name of Twiggy Lawson. ... Eleanor Bron (born 14 March 1938) is a British actress. ... Keith Michell (born 1 December 1928) is an Australian actor. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Logo of the New York City Ballet The New York City Ballet is a ballet company founded in 1948 by choreographer George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein originally known as the American Ballet. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


Who Captain Beaky and his band are is perhaps best explained by the first verse of the title track from the first album, "Captain Beaky", which was itself released as a 7 inch single (with "Wilfred the Weasel" and "Blanche" on the B side) by Polydor in 1980 and that reached #5 in the UK charts: 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...

The bravest animals in the land are Captain Beaky and his band
That's Timid Toad, Reckless Rat, Artful Owl and Batty Bat.
They march through the woodlands singing songs
that tell how they have righted wrongs.

According to the story told by Jonathan Rowlands[1], the producer of both albums, when United Kingdom disc jockey Noel Edmonds heard fellow disc jockey Tony Blackburn play the record, "he grabbed it from his turntable, played it just once, and the result was that an atomic scientist who was on secondment with the British Museum, upon hearing the show and recognising that Captain Beaky's bete-noir Hissing Sid! was not all that bad, wrote in [to the BBC] proclaiming "Hissing Sid Is Innocent Okay!"." Edmonds presenting Top of the Pops Noel Ernest Edmonds (born December 22, 1948 in Ilford) is an English television presenter, DJ and executive who made his name on BBC Radio 1 in the UK. Edmonds also worked closely with Richard L Lewis who produced and wrote various programmes Edmonds worked... Tony Blackburn (born January 29, 1943 in Guildford, Surrey, England) is an award winning British disc jockey. ...


The character of Hissing Sid was a snake, mentioned in both "Captain Beaky" on the first album and "The Trial of Hissing Sid" on the second. The slogan "Hissing Sid is Innocent!" became a popular catch phrase, appearing everywhere including as a graffito on walls (sometimes as a modification for earlier "George Davis is Innocent!" graffiti, especially after George Davis' second conviction), on badges, and on car stickers. Graffito is the plural of Graffiti Graffito (Apache) is an open source framework used to build CMSes, blogs, etc. ... George Davis (born 1941) became notorious because of an incident in which he played no part. ... NY NJ Port Authority Police Department Badge. ...

Contents

Track listings

Volume I

First released on vinyl in 1977. Re-released as a compact disc (EAN 5032796014621) in 2002. For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...

  1. "Captain Beaky", Keith Michell
  2. "Harold the Frog", Harry Secombe
  3. "Jacques, a Penniless French Mouse", Peter Sellers
  4. "Nathaniel Gnat", Twiggy
  5. "Wilfred the Weasel", Keith Michell
  6. "Dilys the Daschund", Harry Secombe
  7. "The Snail", Twiggy
  8. "Blanche", Keith Michell
  9. "My Best Friend", Jeremy Lloyd
  10. "The Ginger Cat", Keith Michell
  11. "Desmond the Duck", Harry Secombe
  12. "Ronald the Rat", Twiggy
  13. "The Haggis Season", Peter Sellers
  14. "Dennis the Dormouse", Twiggy
  15. "Herbert the Hedgehog", Harry Secombe
  16. Overture "The Orchestra"

Keith Michell (born 1 December 1928) is an Australian actor. ... Sir Harry Donald Secombe CBE (8 September 1921–11 April 2001) was a Welsh entertainer, a noted fine tenor singing voice and a talent for comedy. ... Richard Henry Peter Sellers, CBE (8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980) was an English comedian, actor, and performer, who came to prominence on the BBC radio series The Goon Show and later became a film star. ... Twiggy (born Lesley Hornby on September 19, 1949) is an English supermodel, actress, and singer, now also known by her married name of Twiggy Lawson. ... Keith Michell (born 1 December 1928) is an Australian actor. ...

Volume II

First released on vinyl in 1980. Re-released as a compact disc (EAN 5032796014720) in 2002. 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...

  1. "The Trial of Hissing Sid!!!", Keith Michell
  2. "Jock the Flea", Jeremy Lloyd
  3. "Candle Tango", Keith Michell
  4. "Fred and Marguerite", Petula Clark
  5. "Helen the Hippo", Penelope Keith
  6. "Mandy the Mouse", Noel Edmonds
  7. "Fanshaw the Fly", Keith Michell
  8. "Stanley the Stork", Peter Skellern
  9. "Kenny the Koala", Harry Secombe
  10. "Daddy Long Legs", Peter Skellern
  11. "Browser Long", Penelope Keith
  12. "Enrico the Canary", Harry Secombe
  13. "Teddy's Tea Time", Jeremy Lloyd
  14. "Wendell the Worm", The King's Singers
  15. "The Bumble Bee", Petula Clark
  16. "Dotty the Cuckoo", Noel Edmonds
  17. "Camille", Matthew Vine
  18. "Captain Beaky's Christmas Pantomime", Keith Michell
  19. "Captain Beaky's Christmas Carol", Matthew Vine

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Penelope Keith, OBE, (born Penelope Anne Constance Hatfield on 2 April 1940 in Sutton) is a British actress of stage and screen. ... Edmonds presenting Top of the Pops Noel Ernest Edmonds (born December 22, 1948 in Ilford) is an English television presenter, DJ and executive who made his name on BBC Radio 1 in the UK. Edmonds also worked closely with Richard L Lewis who produced and wrote various programmes Edmonds worked... Peter Skellern (born on 14 March 1947 in Bury, Lancashire), where he attended the Derby Grammar School (now the Derby High School), is an English singer/songwriter and pianist. ... The Kings Singers are a famous a cappella group, consisting of two countertenors, two tenors, a baritone and a bass. ...

Captain Beaky And His Band

Most of Volume I and Volume II, slightly re-ordered, issued as a cassette by Polydor.

  1. "Captain Beaky", Keith Michell
  2. "Harold the Frog", Harry Secombe
  3. "Jacques, a Penniless French Mouse", Peter Sellers
  4. "Desmond the Duck", Harry Secombe
  5. "Wilfred the Weasel", Keith Michell
  6. "Dilys the Daschund", Harry Secombe
  7. "The Snail", Twiggy
  8. "Blanche", Keith Michell
  9. "My Best Friend", Jeremy Lloyd
  10. "The Ginger Cat", Keith Michell
  11. "Nathaniel Gnat", Twiggy
  12. "Ronald the Rat", Twiggy
  13. "The Haggis Season", Peter Sellers mp3
  14. "Dennis the Dormouse", Twiggy
  15. "Herbert the Hedgehog", Harry Secombe
  16. Overture "The Orchestra"
  17. "Jock the Flea", Jeremy Lloyd
  18. "Candle Tango", Keith Michell
  19. "Fred and Marguerite", Petula Clark
  20. "Doreen the Duckling", The King's Singers
  21. "Helen the Hippo", Penelope Keith
  22. "The Trial of Hissing Sid!!!", Keith Michell
  23. "Mandy the Mouse", Noel Edmonds
  24. "Fanshaw the Fly", Keith Michell
  25. "Kenny the Koala", Harry Secombe
  26. "Daddy Long Legs", Peter Skellern
  27. "Browser Long", Penelope Keith
  28. "Enrico the Canary", Harry Secombe
  29. "Teddy's Tea Time", Jeremy Lloyd
  30. "Wendell the Worm", The King's Singers
  31. "The Bumble Bee", Petula Clark
  32. "Dotty the Cuckoo", Noel Edmonds
  33. "Camille", Matthew Vine
  34. "Captain Beaky's Christmas Pantomime", Keith Michell

Books

  • Jeremy Lloyd (October 1980). Captain Beaky and the Haunted Wood. Chappell. ISBN 0-903443-43-0. 
  • Jeremy Lloyd (October 1980). Captain Beaky and the Search for Hissing Sid. Chappell. ISBN 0-903443-44-9. 
  • Jeremy Lloyd (April 1982). Captain Beaky. Sparrow Books. ISBN 0-09-928110-4.  a collection of 28 poems illustrated by Keith Michell
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury (Foreword), Jeremy Lloyd, Graham Percy (Illustrator) (April 1990). The Woodland Gospels According to Captain Beaky and His Band. Faber and Faber Ltd. ISBN 0-571-14285-0.  a retelling of parts of the story of Jesus set in a woodland

1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

  1. ^ Jonathan Rowlands (Producer). Captain Beaky & His Band. CaptainBeaky.com.

External links

  • Captain Beaky official web site
  • Karen Rayner's Captain Beaky fansite
  • A Usenet post by Mike Lyle outlining the case for the Defence

 
 

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