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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.
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1. "For Banjulele, Banjo and Ukulele" by Horatio Nichols and Joshua Gilbert.
[sound of aircraft engine. sound of cheering]
"There's a little lady who has captured every heart
Amy, wonderful Amy
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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Brave to the point of recklessness
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