Caledonia

Terminally bored by the perennial national anthem debate. It’s Flower of Scotland, get over it. Here’s the wonderful Louis Jor­dan and his Tym­pa­ny Five play…

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  1. Dave McEwan Hill says:

    Fabulous. Was he by any chance related to Little Richard or any of the other guys who used to make real music?

  2. scotsthemes says:

    Great stuff, and a bit of nostalgia, I’d forgotten about that. Though I always found the words a bit curious, to say the least. Applying them to CalEdonia, on the other hand, you can come up with a metaphor or two I should think.
    And wait a bit – who says the anthem has to be FOS FFS?

  3. Siôn Jones says:

    It’s the English that need a new national anthem! I suggest ‘ leaning on a lam-post. . . . in case a certain little lady comes by’, given their fawning attachment to their queen.

  4. Dave McEwan Hill says:

    I’ve just looked him up. Louis Jordan was the grandfather of rock’n’roll and a huge influence on Bill Haley, Chick Berry, Lloyd Price, Jackie Wilson, Larry Williams etc, etc etc.Can’t get better than that. More weeks at No 1 in the Us R&B charts than anybody else (Stevie Wonder is runner up). I’ll now have to play “Caldonia” on my Rock’n’Roll show on AIRScotland (internet radio).

    I love FOS but national anthem, no way. It’s got to be Scots Wha Hae (but played as quick march not a waltz) or, if not, The Freedom Come A’ Ye (melody “The Bloody Fields of Flanders” written by a Dunoon man Pipe Major John McLellan DCM) or A Man’s a Man..

  5. Dave McEwan Hill says:

    Chuck Berry, of course. Chick Berry was his wee sister. As a matter of interest Louis Jordan was responsible for widely introducing the word “chick” as a description of an attractive young lady

  6. Great, I am also fed up with that particular debate.
    Here is another nice one while we are at it…

  7. Alan Stuart says:

    This is just by way of an alternative

    1. Dave McEwan Hill says:

      Were these photies taken around rhe Saltcoats area?

    2. bellacaledonia says:

      Thanks Alan!

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