Hugh Laurie: Forty-Seven Ginger-Headed Sailors

Written and composed by Mr. Leslie Sarony, 1929; performed here by Hugh Laurie in Granada’s 1990 Jeeves and Wooster series.

In an odd twist of fate Mr. Sarony was also, apparently, one of the elderly insurance clerks in the “Crimson Permanent Assurance” segment of Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

Full version of the song (performed by Jack Hylton & His Orchestra) on YouTube; 1920s sheet music preserved by the National Library of Australia.

I think I will try to learn this song’s arrangement for the piano.

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