51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 9: Lieutenant Pigeon – Mouldy Old Dough

One of my favourite musical instruments, in a song, is the piano. I’ve never been able to play the piano because I’ve never really been interested in learning to play it, preferring instead during my school days, the recorder and the xylophone.

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Like last week’s song, we’re sticking around in the 1970s and a song which only included the words ‘Mouldy Old Dough’, although some do say that the phrase ‘Dirty Old Men’ can also be heard. Check for yourself.

I don’t know about you, but I was not liking the way that pigeon was looking at me while I watched the video.

Playing the piano is Hilda Woodward, who at the age of 60, was one of the oldest females to have a number one hit in the U.K. Her son, Rob, was also in the band and both Hilda and Rob hold the record for the only number one song in the U.K that feature a mother and son.

Originally released in early 1972, the song flopped. It was then picked up in Belguim and used as the theme music to a current affairs programme and went on to become a number one hit on the Belguim pop charts. Encouraged by this, the song was rereleased in the U.K and spent four weeks at number one in October 1972. By the end of 1972, it was the second highest selling single of 1972 in the U.K, selling over 790,000 copies. Wow! Not bad, Hilda.

And, just in case the first video didn’t play, here’s another video that features the song.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Ruth, Marie, Barbara, and Kat who all joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song.

Want to join Hugh in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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