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Grab your coat and get your hat, leave your worries on the doorstep;
Life can be so sweet on the sunny side of the street.
Can't you hear the pitter-pat? That happy tune is your step.
Life can be complete on the sunny side of the street.
I used to walk in the shade with my blues on parade,
But I'm not afraid - this rover's crossed over.
If I never made a cent I'd be as rich as Rockefeller:
Gold dust at my feet on the sunny side of the street.

1930 Benny Goodman's Sextet with Peggy Lee

This 1930 tune is so much like a Fats Waller composition that some argue Jimmy McHugh had bought the rights to his name off Fats. For Jimmy had bought other Fats' compostions.


Here's my Goldenaer easy-play version
 G ||: C | E | F | G | Am | D | Dm G |
(1) Em Dm G :||
(2) C | Gm | C | F | F | Am | D | G | Dm G :|| C


The vinyl is labelled 'foxtrot' but don't dancers call it swing? What do you think? Reply to



"Amy, Wonderful Amy"
"Specially Composed for the Home-coming of the Heroine of the England-Australia Flight 1930, miss Amy Johnson."

1. "For Banjulele, Banjo and Ukulele" by Horatio Nichols and Joshua Gilbert.
2. AMY - FOX TROT Arranged for swing band by Jack Hylton. With vocalist Pat O'Malley on His Master's Voice 78 record, HMV B 5836.

[sound of aircraft engine. sound of cheering]

"There's a little lady who has captured every heart
Amy Johnson, it's you!
We have watched and waited since the day you made your start
Amy Johnson, it's true
Since the news that you are safe has come along
Everyone in town is singing this love song:

Amy, wonderful Amy
How can you blame me for loving you?
Since you've won the praise of every nation
You have filled my heart with admiration
Amy, wonderful Amy I'm proud of the way you flew.
Believe me, Amy, you cannot blame me, Amy

"She's landed at Vienna [sound of aeroplane engine passing overhead] Here she is at Baghdad. -- Now she over Karachi, slendid! -- She's reached Georgetown bravo! -- She's off again, she's off to Brisbane. -- Here she comes, here she comes -- Something's wrong! Good gracoius, what wrong? -- She"s crashed! - No she's safe!

Amy, wonderful Amy How can you blame me for loving you.
Since you've won the praise of every nation
You have filled my heart with admiration

Amy, wonderful Amy I'm falling in love with you
Believe me, Amy, you cannot blame me, Amy
For falling in love with you [cheering].

"Amy Johnson has got more backbone than one of her Dad's herrings"

Amy Johnson climbed up into the highest social circles, world-wide, yet she was born in a small house with no gas or electricity, only oil lamps and candles: Great Bridge St, Kingston upon Hull. Her dad, John Johnson, a teetotal Methodist, a partner in Andrew Johnson Knuditzon Fish Merchants, plastic to her erratic urges and encouraged her in whatever she did.

At the University of Sheffield, she graduated with a BA in economics. She was introduced to flying as a hobby, gaining a pilot's "A" License and in the same year, 1929, became the first British woman to obtain a ground engineer's "C" license. In 1931 she won the Gold medal of the Society of Engineers. Later becoming the President of the Women's Engineering Society 1935--1937. One pilot said "She flies a plane like an engineer" but whether that was a compliment or what is unclear! However her engineering care didn't extend to her undercarriage as her landings were frequently crash-landings, usually requiring repairs.

At a rally for young people in Hull City Hall she proposed that a special trophy be awarded to recognize any act of outstanding bravery by a Hull child. The children of Sydney had raised money with which Johnson bought a gold cup. This award is still offered annually at Hull. They say "Amy Johnson has got more backbone than one of her Dads herrings".

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Each volume will reveal the meanings of place-names, unfold ancient history, geology and ecology.
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