Wabash Cannonball and Chanson L’Amour

When I am writing these blogs I play music. I have very eclectic tastes and over 11,000 pieces of music on my computer. Recently I have been searching for a particular train song that I have a sort of memory of from when I lived in England – I haven’t found it yet. My selections don’t move in straight lines so when a Youtube of the Manhattan Transfer popped up I jumped on it. I saw/heard the Manhattan Transfer when I lived in Montreal soon after I came to North America. The Manhattan Transfer were my introduction to A Capella music. I still have the vinyl 33 rpm of theirs. I played several of their songs and the songs were clearly of the group that I had seen/heard. Now I am going to inflict you with a vid which is by the Manhattan Transfer but not the group I remember. Why inflict? ‘Cos I can’t get it out of my head!!!!! I want to see if it sticks in your head. [Sorry you may have to click on the link]


After I had written the above I received an earball from our esteemed computer guru, Roger Thornburn, which adds a real personal note about The Manhattan Transfer:

HP (Hewlett Packard for whom Roger worked) once hired The Manhattan Transfer for a Christmas party. Halfway through one of their songs the audio broke, but they didn’t miss a beat, just carried on as nothing had happened. Very professional.”

I didn’t find the train song I half remembered but I did find one by Boxcar Willie, “Wabash Cannonball.” Roger reminded me that there is a version of “Wabash Cannonball” by Lonnie Donegan (an Englishman like Roger and I). The English version has a much better vid with it:

Hope you enjoy as much as Roger and I have.