The song I’m featuring today is one I sang many times when I worked as a registered music therapist with nursing home residents. I was inspired to share it after reading a post from A Unique Title for Me, in which Jim Adams provides a history of the song plus several versions. Here’s a little bit of what he has to say.
This song became associated with the English West Ham football club which now plays at London Stadium and the fans often sing this song. One story says that a young player called William Murray, who played for Park School in east London and West Ham’s school boys’ team, was nicknamed ‘Bubbles’ by the headmaster, Cornelius Beal due to his similarity in appearance to the boy in the 1886 painting called ‘Bubbles’ by Sir John Everett Millais, which became famous due to its use in a poster to advertise Pears’ soap. West Ham fans turned out in big numbers to watch the team, and they would sing this song when the team played well. Eventually the house band started playing the tune before kick-off and during half-time, encouraging fans to sing along with it. They started using bubble machines to create the tens of thousands of bubbles for each home game.
You can read the full article here.
According to Wikipedia, “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” was first debuted in 1918 and published in 1919. It became a hit on Tin Pan Alley and was performed and recorded by most major bands and artists during the late 1910’s and early 1920’s, including Ben Selvin’s Novelty Orchestra and the Original Dixieland Jass Band. It was written by John Kellette with lyrics by Jaan Kenbrovin, a collective pseudonym of James Kendis, James Brockman, and Nat Vincent. It debuted in the Broadway show, The Passing Show of 1918 and became popular in British music halls and theaters in the 1920’s, where Dorothy Ward was renowned for making the song famous. It was also used by English comedian Professor Jimmy Edwards, who played it on the trombone. You can learn more here.
Now, here’s a rendition of this song by British singer Vera Lynn, who passed away in June of last year at the age of 103. According to Wikipedia, she was born in March of 1917 and served in the British Entertainments National Services Association from 1939 to 1945. She was widely known as the Forces’ Sweetheart, and her recordings and performances were popular during World War II. She gave outdoor concerts for the troops in Egypt, India, and Burma and is known for such songs as “We’ll Meet Again,” “The White Cliffs of Dover,” and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.” You can read more about her here. I hope you enjoy her version of “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.”
By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.
New! The Red Dress
Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.