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K-K-K-Katy

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Songwriter(s)Geoffrey O'Hara
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There are differing claims about how OHara came to write K-KKKaty. He may have written it while visiting Kingston, Ontario or his home in Chatham, Ontario; or, as he told Macleans magazine, he may have written it while station at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. The song might have been the first performed at a Red Cross fund-raising garden party in Collins Bay, Ontario. Katy in lyrics was likely his sister friend, Katherine Richardson. In any case, by early 1918, OHara introduced his new Sing-along composition to troops in the southern United States, where he taught singing to the US Army. There, music publisher Leo Feist discovered Song. And the rest, as they say, is history. K-KKKaty spread like wildfire via gramophone recordings, sheet music, and word of mouth as Canadian, American and British troops March through Europe. Feist published sheet music for piano and voice, subtitled Sensational Stammering Song Success Sung by Soldiers and Sailors, in March 1918. The cover features a young man in uniform shyly holding the hands of a young lady with long brown hair in ringlets, wearing a bonnet and gingham dress. A fine example of comic novelty Song, K-KKKaty has two verses and famous refrain with its jaunty E-flat major melody, with stuttered words rendered in triplet rhythm. Lyrics Jimmy is a brave soldier who becomes tongue-tie with nervous when confronted with a beautiful girl. Billy Murray, popular tenor, had hit with a version of recorded same month for Victor on 78-rpm disc, with Submarine Attack on reverse; it sold at department stores for 90 cents. So great was the songs ' popularity that by year end, covers had been recorded by Eugene Buckley, Marconi Brothers, Arthur Hall, John McDermott and Robert Lloyd. Recognizing the vogue for patriotic songs, Feist also marketed K-KKKaty in an 80-page patriotic songbook Songs Soldiers and Sailors Sing, boasting music will help win War!, And published additional versions for male quartet, band, and Orchestra. With sales of over 1. 5 million copies of sheet music by 1921, K-KKKaty was an enormous success. It even spawns a few imitators, such as Daughter of K-KKKaty loving nephew of Uncle Sam. K-KKKaty experienced resurgence during World War II, being recorded by Mellomen Quartet, Ray Benson and His Orchestra, Buddy Clark, and Mel Blanc in the 1940s. In the 1950s, recordings by Four Sergeants, West Point Cadet Glee Club, Meyer Davis and His Orchestra, and ragtime pianist Johnny Maddox sustained its popularity. Its melody was revived yet again as K-KKKuwaitis for Gulf War on the album Sheik, Rattle & Roll by satire group Capitol Steps. Song has for over 90 years been a staple inclusion in sheet music anthologies and record compilations of World War I Songs.

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Early performances and commercial success

K-KKKaty was a top 20 Song from May 1918 to January 1919 and was number 1 from July to September. It was recorded by Billy Murray on March 8 1918 and released on Victor 18455. Eugene Buckley also recorded a version of the song. Sheet music was heavily reprint. Songs made a comeback during World War II, when songs from World War I became popular at Military training camps. K-KKKaty was one of many songs brought to front by officers who had heard this song while on leave in England. Older songs such as k-KKKaty were often preferred over modern songs. The song was covered by Mel Blanc in his Porky Pig voice in 1949, with some vocalists backing him. Song Can be Hear on the compilation album Mel Blanc: Man of 1000 Voices 2007. Bing Crosby include Song in the medley on his album Join Bing and Sing Along


K-K-K-Katy

K-KKKaty was a popular World War I-era song written by Canadian American composer Geoffrey OHara in 1917 and published in 1918. Sheet music advertise it as Sensational Stammering Song Success Sung by Soldiers and Sailors, as well as Sensational New Stammering Song Song was first played at a garden party fund-raiser for Red Cross in Collins Bay on Lake Ontario. OHara was from Chatham, Ontario, and taught music at Ontario University. The lyrics tell of a brave but awkward soldier called Jimmy, who is lovesick over beautiful Katy. He bought a wedding ring before going to fight in France. The inspiration for Katy of Song was Katherine Craig Richardson of Kingston, Ontario. She was a friend of OHaras sister,'s and her parents recalled OHara writing a song in their living room.

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