Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West) – Benny Hill (1971)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)  by Benny Hill. The record was released in 1971 on the Columbia record label and has been reworked into the silhouette of a vintage electric milk float.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Benny Hill, Milkmen, Milk, 70s Novelty Records, Classic Comedians or has a special memory linked to the song.

Available with optional background mount colours depicting the old colour of UK foil milk bottle tops. Silver – full-fat milk. Red – semi-skimmed. Blue – skimmed. Gold – Jersey & Guernsey milk.

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

Title: Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)
Media Artist/s: Benny Hill
Record Label: Columbia
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1970s
Genre: Pop / Novelty

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Benny Hill – The Artist/s

Alfred Hawthorne “Benny” Hill (1924 – 1992) was an English comedian, actor, singer and writer, best remembered for his television programme The Benny Hill Show, an amalgam of slapstick, burlesque, and double entendre in a format that included live comedy and filmed segments, with Hill at the focus of almost every segment. Hill was a prominent figure in British culture for nearly four decades. His show proved to be one of the great success stories of television comedy and was among the most-watched programmes in the UK with the audience peaking at more than 21 million in 1971. The Benny Hill Show was also exported to half the countries around the world.

Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West) – The Song

‘Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)’ is an innuendo-laden comedy or novelty song, written and performed by the English comedian Benny Hill. The song was first performed on television in 1970, and released as a successful recording, topping the UK Singles Chart in 1971, reaching the Christmas number one spot. The lyric’s story line is inspired by Hill’s early experience as a milkman for Hann’s Dairies in Eastleigh, Hampshire. Market Street, mentioned in the lyrics, is a real-life street in Eastleigh. The song tells the fictional exploits of Ernie Price, a 52-year-old milkman who drives a horse–drawn milk cart. It relates his feud with the bread delivery man (“Two-Ton Ted” from Teddington) and their efforts to win the heart of Sue, a widow who lives alone at No. 22, Linley Lane. When Ted sees Ernie’s cart outside Sue’s house all afternoon, he becomes enraged and violently kicks Price’s horse, Trigger. The two men resort to a duel, using the wares they carry on their respective carts for weapons, and Ernie is killed by a rock cake underneath his heart, followed by a stale pork pie in his eye; in the original television version it was a fresh meat pie. Sue and Ted then marry, but Ernie’s ghost returns to haunt them on their wedding night.

The Milk Float   – The Shape

This record has been modelled into a vintage electric milk float as used by milkmen for delivering their rounds. 

A milk float is a vehicle specifically designed for the delivery of fresh milk. Today, milk floats are usually battery electric vehicles (BEV), but they were formerly horse-drawn floats. They were once common in many European countries, particularly the United Kingdom, and were operated by local dairies. However, in recent years, as the number of supermarkets, small independent grocers and petrol stations, and convenience stores stocking fresh milk has increased, many people have switched from regular home delivery to obtaining fresh milk from these other sources.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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