Thursday, 5 July 2007

George Melly: RIP

An excuse, then, to repeat one of my favourite anecdotes about him:
George Melly introduced a Bessie Smith tune on stage at Kirklevington Country Club in Teesside. "This song," he drawled, "was originally titled I Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl, but I've taken the liberty of changing it to You Need A Little Sugar In Your Bowl. Not for any chauvinistic reasons, but because with piles like mine you can't afford to take any chances."

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