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Encyclopedia > Colonel Bogey March
"Colonel Bogey March"
Released 1914
Composer Lieutenant F. J. Ricketts

The "Colonel Bogey March" is a popular march that was written in 1914 by Lieutenant F. J. Ricketts (1881-1945), a British military bandmaster who was director of music for the Royal Marines at Plymouth. Since at that time service personnel were not encouraged to have professional lives outside the armed forces, Ricketts published "Colonel Bogey" and his other compositions under the pseudonym Kenneth Alford. Supposedly, the tune was inspired by a military man and golfer who whistled a characteristic two-note phrase (a descending minor third interval) instead of shouting "Fore!". It is this phrase that begins each line of the melody. Bogey is golfing term meaning one over par. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1914 (MCMXIV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1881 (MDCCCLXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... The Royal Marines (RM) are the marines and amphibious infantry of the United Kingdom and, along with the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary, form the Naval Service [2]. They are also the United Kingdoms amphibious force and specialists in mountain and Arctic warfare. ... This article is about the city of Plymouth in England. ... Kenneth Joseph Alford was a composer, best known for his marches, of which the most famous is Colonel Bogey. ... This article is about the sport. ... A minor third is the smaller of two commonly occurring musical intervals compounded of two steps of the diatonic scale. ... Fore! is shouted as a warning when it appears possible a ball may hit other players or spectators. ...

The sheet music was a million-seller, and the march was recorded many times. "Colonel Bogey" is the authorized march of The King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC) of the Canadian Forces. Many humorous or satirical verses have been sung to this tune; some of them vulgar. The English quickly established a simple insulting use for the tune, where the first two syllables were used for a variety of rude expressions, then followed by "...and the same to you." The best known, which originated in England at the outset of World War II, goes by the title "Hitler Has Only Got One Ball". A later parody, sung by schoolchildren in the United States, is called "Comet", and deals with the effects of consuming a popular brand of household cleanser. A march, as a musical genre, is a piece of music with a strong regular rhythm which in origin was expressly written for marching to and most frequently performed by a military band. ... The Kings Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC) Old badge with Kings Crown and the unusual sunburst overtop. ... The Canadian Forces (CF) (French: Forces canadiennes (FC)) are the unified armed forces of Canada, governed by the National Defence Act, which states: The Canadian Forces are the armed forces of Her Majesty raised by Canada and consist of one Service called the Canadian Armed Forces. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Hitler has only got one ball refers to the many variations on a set of vulgar lyrics to the popular Colonel Bogey March. These are four-line lyrics making fun of the Nazi leaders. ... Comet is a well-known humorous childrens song in the United States. ...


The Bridge on the River Kwai

The English composer Malcolm Arnold added a counter-march for use in the 1957 dramatic movie The Bridge on the River Kwai, which was set during World War II. Although the vulgar lyrics were not used in the film, audiences of the time fully understood the subtextual humour of "Hitler Has Only Got One Ball" being sung by prisoners of war. Because the tune is so identified with the film, many people now incorrectly refer to the "Colonel Bogey March" as "The River Kwai March". (In fact, Arnold used this name for completely different march that he wrote for the film.) Because the film concerned prisoners of war being held under inhumane conditions by the Japanese, there was a minor diplomatic flap in the late 1970s when the "Colonel Bogey March" was played during a visit by the Japanese prime minister to Canada. Sir Malcolm Arnold Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold, CBE (21 October 1921 – 23 September 2006) was an English composer. ... Mitch Millers single for his recording of The River Kwai March and the Colonel Bogey March This is an article about the counter-march to the Colonel Bogey created for the film The Bridge on the River Kwai. ... The Bridge on the River Kwai is an Academy Award-winning 1957 World War II war film based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwaï by French writer Pierre Boulle. ... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ...

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  • In the 1960s British comedy revue Beyond The Fringe, Dudley Moore performed a satiric arrangement of the march in the style of a Beethoven piano sonata, in which the coda drags on for nearly two and a half minutes as a parody of the style.
  • It was covered by the punk/Oi! band Cock Sparrer on the album Shock Troops.
  • In the Nintendo DS game Nintendogs, you can find a record labeled ‘Colonel Bogey’. It says it is written by ‘Alford’ and when you play it, your dogs walk round in circles.
  • Japanese children sing this melody with improvised lyrics of "Monkey (in Japanese, saru)-Gorilla-Chimpanzee" .
  • Yoko Ono, in her book Grapefruit, relates a story of having put on a conceptual show in which one piece consisted of ten minutes' complete darkness. When the piece was performed in London, one audience member began whistling what Ono referred to as "the theme from Bridge of River Kwai", and soon the entire audience had joined in.
  • Bodrex, an Indonesian aspirin, used the same tune for the theme song of their commercial.

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See also

The following is a list of the authorized marches for various organizations of the Canadian Forces. ... Hitler has only got one ball refers to the many variations on a set of vulgar lyrics to the popular Colonel Bogey March. These are four-line lyrics making fun of the Nazi leaders. ...

External links

  • The real Colonel Bogey from Music & Vision Daily
  • Variations on the Colonel Bogey tune in the bluegrass and klezmer style by Glenn

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The real Colonel Bogey (336 words)
The story goes that this was a nickname by which a certain fiery colonel was known just before the 1914 War when Ricketts was stationed at Fort George near Inverness in Scotland.
One of the composer's recreations was playing golf and it was on the local course that he sometimes encountered the eccentric colonel.
One of the latter's peculiarities was that instead of shouting 'Fore' to warn of an impending drive, he preferred to whistle a descending minor third.
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