Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra Presents

Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra
LP, Village Thing VTS 1

seated on the ground: Andy Leggett, John Turner, Dave Creech, Barry Back

The liner notes give credits for the album as a whole. The song-by-song credits here are based on my own listening. Comments and corrections are welcome.

Side A

  1. Cushion Foot Stomp

    Written by Clarence Williams (see "High Society"). Williams recorded the song three times in 1927. The PHLO version is probably based on the third Clarence Williams recording (Okeh 8462, credited to Clarence Williams' Washboard Five), which features a scat vocal by Williams rather than the lyrics sung by Clarence Lee on the first two recordings.

    I think that this is the song on which Andy Leggett plays what is listed as "trom", and that this term refers to half of a trombone.

  2. Funny Side Of The Street

    "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" was written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields. It was recorded by Ted Lewis (1930), Harry Richman (1930), Clarence Williams (1934), Louis Armstrong (1934), Tommy Dorsey (1945), Jo Stafford (1945), and Nat "King" Cole (1946), among others.

    The PHLO version substitutes animal names for some of the lyrics (coat, hat, worries, feet > stoat, cat, poodle, sheep).

    Ian A. Anderson (who used his middle initial to avoid confusion with the flute-playing singer of Jethro Tull) was co-founder of Village Thing Records. He played guitar and sang as a solo performer and in Hot Vultures, the English Country Blues Band, and Tiger Moth. He is editor of fRoots (formerly Folk Roots and originally Southern Rag).

  3. Silk Pyjamas

    Written by Billy Connolly. Recorded by The Humblebums (Billy Connolly and Gerry Rafferty) in 1969. Rafferty (1947-2011) went on to have hits with Stealer's Wheel ("Stuck In The Middle With You") and solo ("Baker Street"). Connolly (born 1942) became a successful stand-up comic and actor.

  4. Company Policy

    Written by John Turner. Ian Hunt was Turner's partner in Hunt & Turner. They released an album, Magic Landscape (Village Thing VTS 11, 1972).

  5. On Sunday

    Written by Barry Back. The guitar may be played by Andy Leggett.

  6. Second Fiddle

    "I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle" was written by Perry Bradford. Bradford (1893-1970) was a piano player and singer. He recorded the song (with Louis Armstrong) in 1925. He also recorded "Georgia Grind".

    I'm not sure about who's singing on this song.

Side B

  1. 'Tain't No Sin

    "'Tain't No Sin (To Dance Around In Your Bones)" was written by Walter Donaldson and Edgar Leslie. It has been recorded by Lee Morse (1929), George Olsen (1929), Billy Milton (1930), Ian Whitcomb (1970), and Tom Waits (1993), among others.

    Walter Donaldson (1893-1947) often wrote in collaboration with Gus Kahn. His other compositions include "Makin' Whoopee", "Carolina In The Morning", "My Blue Heaven", "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby", "You're Driving Me Crazy", "Love Me Or Leave Me", "How You Gonna Keep 'Em Down On The Farm?", "My Baby Just Cares For Me", and "Borneo".

  2. Sleepy Time Blues

    Written by Ralph McTell. McTell (born 1944) is an English singer and guitarist, best known for the song "Streets Of London". He took the name McTell in tribute to blues guitarist Blind Willie McTell (1898-1959).

  3. My Pet

    Written by Jack Yellen and Milton Ager. It was recorded by Sophie Tucker, by Frank Trumbauer (with Bix Beiderbecke and Eddie Lang), by Paul Whiteman (with Bix Beiderbecke, Frank Trumbauer, and Bing Crosby), and by Fred Elizalde (with Adrian Rollini), all in 1928.

    Ager (1893-1979) and Yellen (1892-1991) also wrote "Ain't She Sweet?", "Crazy Words, Crazy Tune", "Happy Days Are Here Again", "Hard-Hearted Hannah", and "Ain't That A Grand And Glorious Feeling?"

  4. Nothing Else Will Do Babe

    Written by Dave Cousins. Recorded twice by Strawbs in 1967, once with lead vocal by Dave Cousins and once with lead vocal by Sandy Denny.

  5. Sporting Life Blues

    Written by Brownie McGhee. Recorded by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee (1957, 1959), Ian Whitcomb (1965), the Lovin' Spoonful (1966), Dave Van Ronk (1981), and J. J. Cale and Eric Clapton (2006), among others.

  6. Men Of Harlech

    Traditional Welsh tune, arranged by PHLO. The tune was first published in 1794.

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