The Band of The Black Watch – Dance of The Cuckoos (1975)


An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl record art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the single by Dance of The Cuckoos (The “Laurel & Hardy” Theme), from 1975. Released on the Spark record label, in the UK, this novelty record has been reworked into the shape of Laurel and Hardys’ famous bowler hats.

Presented in a satin black box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Dance of The Cuckoos (The “Laurel & Hardy” Theme)
Media Artist/s: The Band of The Black Watch
Record Label: Spark
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1970s
Genre: Pop / Novelty Pop

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Additional information about this, The Band of The Black Watch vinyl art.

The Band of The Black Watch – The Artist

Laurel and Hardy were a comedy duo act during the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema. The team was composed of Englishman Stan Laurel (1890–1965) and American Oliver Hardy (1892–1957). They became well known during the late 1920s through the mid-1940s for their slapstick comedy, with Laurel playing the clumsy and childlike friend of the pompous bully Hardy. Not renown for songs they did sing a few numbers that featured in their full-length films. The duo’s signature tune is known variously as “The Cuckoo Song”, “Ku-Ku”, or “The Dance of the Cuckoos”. It was played over the opening credits of their films and has become as emblematic of the duo as their bowler hats.

Dance of The Cuckoos (The “Laurel & Hardy” Theme – The Song

Dance of The Cuckoos  is the duo’s  theme and was composed by Roach musical director Marvin Hatley as the on-the-hour chime for the Roach studio radio station. Generally known as “The Dance of the Cuckoos” it was copyrighted with the name “Ku Ku” and was first heard on the opening credits for Blotto (1930) and the Spanish version of Night Owls (1930).[Laurel heard the tune on the station, and asked Hatley to use it as the Laurel and Hardy theme song. In Laurel’s eyes, the song’s melody represented Hardy’s character (pompous and dramatic), while the harmony represented Laurel’s own character (somewhat out of key, and only able to register two notes: “coo-coo”). The original theme, recorded by two clarinets in 1930, was re-recorded with a full orchestra in 1935.

The Bowler Hats – The Shape

Modelled into the silhouette of Laurel and Hardys’ famous bowler hats.

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Additional information

Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm


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