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Flanders and Swann

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The British duo, properly known as Michael Flanders & Donald Swann, was composed of the actor and singer Michael Flanders and the composer, pianist and linguist Donald Swann, who collaborated in writing and performing comic songs.

Flanders and Swann’s songs are characterised by wit, gentle satire, complex rhyming schemes, and memorable choruses. They wrote over eighty comic songs together.

Between 1956 and 1967 they performed some of their songs in their long-running two-man revues At the Drop of a Hat and At the Drop of Another Hat. Both revues were recorded in concert, as well as several studio-based tracks.

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  • avalassia

    Does anyone have any info, pictures etc on Gillian Berry who used to sing with Flanders and Swann please? Thank you.

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    They should be scrobbled under "Michael Flanders & Donald Swann" (or "Michael Flanders and Donald Swann"). They're familiarly referred to as "Flanders & Swann", just as the Rolling Stones are referred to as "the Stones", Led Zeppelin as "Led Zep", James Blunt as "that prat", but that's not how they should be scrobbled.

    23 Aug 2010 Reply
  • giordun

    My english teacher makes the whole class sing the hippopotamus song everyday in class. I hate him and the hippopotamus song with a passion.

    23 Sep 2009 Reply
  • CopperKettle

    Hilarious! That's entropy, man!

    10 Feb 2008 Reply
  • nikevs

    Pee!

    9 Nov 2007 Reply
  • Aquarion

    Thing is, most people listen to Flanders & Swan instead of Flanders and Swan

    10 Jul 2007 Reply
  • Eclectic-G

    When we started making money - when we started making friends

    6 Jul 2007 Reply
  • utterlyutter

    more people should be listening to flanders & swann - wonderful stuff

    26 Apr 2007 Reply
  • Vanderdecken

    Bloody January again...

    27 Jan 2007 Reply
  • utterlyutter

    you really ought to ka-now wah-who's wa-who

    17 Nov 2006 Reply
  • liuxing

    And I wish I could g-nash my teeth at you

    7 Sep 2006 Reply
  • BBM-ng

    A GNOTHER GNU

    1 Jul 2006 Reply
  • BBM-ng

    I'm a gnu

    23 Jun 2006 Reply

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