Okay. For Mimi, BooCat, Dah • veed and That Other Jean,
here’s the Chattanooga Choo Choo (original recording and
off a really brilliant Japanese pressing – dig the sound
Seriously, “Chattanooga Choo-choo”, because it’s a great old
song. The Glenn Miller version is very good. Bill Hailey
recorded the song, and I believe that Doris Day did a not-bad
version. The production number from the old movie musical
“Sun Valley Seranade”, in which the song was introduced, was
terrific. Of course, it’s very US, which may prejudice you
against my choice.
Gene Wilder paid homage to the song in “Young Frankenstein”
with dialogue that goes something like this:
Is this the Transylvania Station?
and gets Yah, yah, track twenty-nine…
And there’s even a shoe shine boy in the scene.
I nominate Chattanooga Choo Choo, because it is the
first train song I can remember. I heard it as a baby in
my crib on an old wooden Philco that I wish we still had.
We gave it away at some point when an AR-FM tuner
and hi-fi component system came into the family. Too
bad, I cannot even imagine what it would be worth now.
Then we have Grandmère Mimi’s main request. I kid not.
I am not winding her up. And I will award 100 days off
purgatory for the first person to tell me who is performing it.
AND NO CHEATING BY LOOKING IT UP!
Chug chug, poo! poo! Off they go!