The Laughing Policeman – Charles Penrose (1972)


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An Individual, limited edition, example of vinyl record silhouette art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single of  The Laughing Policeman from 1972  by Charles Penrose. Released on the Columbia record label this vinyl single has been reworked into the silhouette of a modern day police woman (Officer) wearing the standard issue police helmet.

An ideal gift for anyone in the UK Police service (Police force) or a new recruit.

The Laughing Policeman is a music hall song, sung by Charles Penrose (published under the pseudonym Charles Jolly) dating back to the twenties. Written by his wife Mabel under the pseudonym “Billie Grey”; however, the music and melody are taken from The Laughing Song by George W. Johnson which was originally recorded in the 1890s. The Penroses wrote numerous other laughing songs (The Laughing Major, Curate, Steeplechaser, Typist, Lover, etc.), but only The Laughing Policeman is remembered today, having sold over a million copies.

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Presented in a satin black box frame

Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: The Laughing Policeman

Media Artist/s: Charles Penrose

Record Label: Columbia

Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single

Era: 1970s

Genre: Pop / Music Hall

Additional information

Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm


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