Music

“Shame and Scandal in the Family”

shame-scandal-in-the-familyYesterday’s article about “All in the Family”: Australian Woman Finds Out her Fiancé is Actually her Half Brother (which now has claims it is a fraudulent story) reminds me of a reggae song I first heard some years ago while I was in the Caribbean. I suspect all genealogists can sympathize with this young man’s problem!

“Shame and Scandal in the Family” is a song written by calypso singer Sir Lancelot. It was later recorded by folksingers Odetta and Burl Ives and later still by Trini Lopez and by Trinidadian calypsonian Lord Melody. In 1964, The Kingston Trio included a live performance of the song. Other versions have been recorded in several different languages by still other artists. The lyrics varied slightly in the various versions.

In Lord Melody’s 1960s version the story follows a young Trinidadian man in search of a wife. In each of the verses, the young man asks his father for permission to marry a different woman, only to be told he can not marry the girl as “The girl is your sister, but your mamma don’t know”. However, the tables are turned during the last verse, where the young man’s mother tells him that “Your daddy ain’t your daddy, but your daddy don’t know”, clearing the path for him to marry any of the girls.

Here are the lyrics in Lord Melody’s 1960s version:

I’m My Own Grandpa

Some of the readers’ comments following my recent article of Is There Any Such Thing as a Half-Cousin? at http://goo.gl/j4y3q1 described some complex relationships. The comments include stories of “double first cousins,” children who are simultaneously siblings as well as cousins, and more. All of this reminds me of a popular song from the 1940s called I’m My Own Grandpa.

The song was written by Dwight Latham and Moe Jaffe, performed by Lonzo and Oscar in 1947, about a man who, through an unlikely (but legal) combination of marriages, becomes stepfather to his own stepmother. The song pays no attention to the prefix “step-” however. As a result, the singer becomes his own grandfather.

Where to Buy 8-Track Tapes

If you would like to purchase an 8-track tape for nostalgia purposes or perhaps to insert into the tape player of your restored 1965 Ford Mustang, the 8-Track Shack may be your preferred source. The company apparently has a huge inventory. Prices vary widely.

The 8-Track Shack catalog may be found at http://www.8-track-shack.com. The company also sells cassette tapes, records, compact disks, old video games, vintage radios and record players, and more.

Another source of vintage items is eBay at http://www.ebay.com.

One Day, Kid, Your Car Will Have a Built-In Phonograph

Click on the image above to view a full-sized version of this circa 1927 photograph from the Shorpy Historical Photo Archive.