HOUSEWIVES’ CHOICE

Evergreen - - Percy's Post Bag - Snip­pets from your letters — dis­cussed by Percy Bick­erdyke

This splen­did pro­gramme ran on the BBC Light Pro­gramme from 1946 un­til 1967 and was aimed at the lady of the house, left be­hind af­ter hus­band and chil­dren had gone off to work and school re­spec­tively. Record re­quests were in­vited and all the pop­u­lar tunes of the day were played.

There was a dif­fer­ent pre­sen­ter each week but when Ge­orge El­rick un­wit­tingly left the mike switched on and hummed the sig­na­ture tune, “In Party Mood”, he feared the sack. Lis­ten­ers loved it, how­ever, and he be­came its most fa­mous com­pere.

In 1982 Rus­sell Davies, Mau­reen Lip­man and Julie Cov­ing­ton looked back on the pro­gramme with their own se­ries called When Housewives Had the Choice. Amus­ing and in­for­ma­tive, it ended with a bril­liant set of spoof lyrics to the orig­i­nal theme. If you can re­mem­ber the catchy tune and would like to sing along to it then sim­ply drop me a s. a. e. marked “Housewives’ Choice”.

This is how it ends... Pick the boys up af­ter school and drop them at the swimming pool And feed them up to turn them into

he- men. Do ev­ery­thing but ac­tu­ally be men. That’s the life you lead if you’re a

house­wife.

Help the baby count his toes, Un­tan­gle all your panty hose, Send your Aun­tie Maud a rose And wash your hands and blow

your nose. Chop some wood and make

a fire, Mend a fuse and patch a tyre, Join the lo­cal ladies’ choir, Find your­self the time to buy

a hat.... And that’s that.

Band­leader and singer, Ge­orge El­rick, was a pop­u­lar com­pere.

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