My well wishes to Garth Montgomery-I hope he left an estate of 120 million. I loved the jingle, I loved Carmen Miranda, and I like
underripe bananas-especially the tiny pink lady fingers. Let's hear it for musaceae- I gonna' grow a traveller's tree on the beach like they
used to grow in Madagascar.
PS-Like your lyrics better than Montgomery's.
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Sent: 8/25/2004 1:24:32 PM
Subject: Re: [Sansevierias] new member says hi RE: A SONG OF LIFE ANDDEATH(and 6' sans).
At 11:53 AM 8/25/04, Michael Barclay wrote:
YES! WE HAVE NO BANANAS, WE HAVE NO BANANAS TODAY! c. 1941
"I'm Chiquita banana and I've come to say
Bananas have to ripen in a certain way-
When they are fleck'd with brown and have a golden hue
Bananas taste the best and are best for you
You can put them in a salad
You can put them in a pie-aye
Any way you want to eat them
It's impossible to beat them
But, bananas like the climate of the very, very tropical equator
So you should never put bananas in the refrigerator."
Lyrics by my great uncle, Irving Joslow, founder of the United Fruit Company
His mother from Russia sold bananas from a push cart on Orchard Street
She was Tante Ita.
He was gay and left his estate to his nephews and neices-$120 million.
The song was written c. 1935 to introduce this exotic fruit to Americans-
New Yorkers already loved them.
THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST OF MY PERFORMANCE ART PIECES, which i sang in a Carmen Miranda outfit I cobbled together out of rags from the closet! i have altered the lyrics to what i remember from the radio. And then I checked them in Google.
I am HONOURED to be able to say I know the guy whose great uncle wrote this wonderful song! It was a hit, without even being necessarily a commercial for BANANAS!
But a we search turns up the following displeasing statement:
"The song was created by a BBDO advertising agency team lead by Robert Foreman. Foreman and his staff developed the jingle using office talent, an old piano and a box of paper clips shaken to simulate maracas. Garth Montgomery wrote the lyrics and co-worker Ken MacKenzie provided the music. The singer in the original 1944 recording was Patti Clayton, the first in a long line of Miss Chiquita's."
My friend Jack Feldman of beloved memory, used to sing, YES, WE HAVE NO BANANAS in Polish.
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