Additional information about this George Harrison vinyl art.
Bernard Gribbins – The Artist
Bernard Joseph Cribbins OBE (1928 – 2022) was an English actor and singer whose career spanned seven decades. During the 1960s, Cribbins became known in the UK for his successful novelty records including “The Hole in the Ground” and “Right Said Fred” and appearances in comedy films including Two-Way Stretch (1960) and the Carry On series. His other screen roles include Albert Perks in The Railway Children (1970), barman Felix Forsythe in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy (1972) and pretentious hotel guest Mr. Hutchinson in the Fawlty Towers episode “The Hotel Inspectors” (1975). On television, he was a regular and prolific reader for the BBC series Jackanory from 1966 to 1991, he narrated the children’s programme The Wombles (1973–1975) and played the title role in the CBeebies series Old Jack’s Boat (2013–2015).
Right Said Fred – The Song
“Right Said Fred” is a novelty song of 1962 written by Ted Dicks and Myles Rudge. It is about three moving men (the narrator, “Fred” and “Charlie”) trying—without success—to move a large and unwieldy piece of furniture from an apartment. The item has feet, a seat, handles and candleholders and is never identified but is often interpreted as being a piano. The movers eventually give up after dismantling the piece of furniture and partially demolishing the building – including removing a door, a wall, and the ceiling – and taking numerous tea breaks. The lyrics do not specify whether Fred recovers from “half a ton of rubble on the top of his dome” (slang for head) prior to the others having a final tea break and going home. Dicks said that he was inspired to write the song by events that transpired when he employed movers to move a grand piano he had bought. The band Right Said Fred is named after the song.
The Tea Mug – The Shape
This record has been modelled into a silhouette of a mug of tea with the string of the tea bag hanging over the side of the mug. Tea is an aromatic beverage prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured or fresh leaves of Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to China, India and other East Asian countries. Tea is also rarely made from the leaves of Camellia taliensis. After water, it is the most widely consumed drink in the world. There are many different types of tea; some have a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent flavour, while others have vastly different profiles that include sweet, nutty, floral, or grassy notes. Tea has a stimulating effect in humans primarily due to its caffeine content
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