Little Richard, and this must be when music videos went OTT:
This short (I hope) post is about recognition. And, I’d guess, while three generations would instantly recognise “Little Richard”, the recognition factor for Richard Wayne Penniman would be closer to zilch.
The mouth of first resort
On a number of occasions over the years I’ve wondered how “famous” sayings are invariably — and erroneously — attached to a very small number of individuals. WS Churchill being too often a prime suspect.
Sure enough, post #167 of a politics.ie thread, we were given:
A famous man once said that wogs begin at Calais.
The “famous man” would be — but, of course — Churchill. I keep coming across assertions that Churchill made the remark, or — more credibly —
The phrase originated when a Member of Parliament in 1945 stood up and accused Winston Churchill of believing that “Wogs start in Calais” i.e. of being europhobic and isolationist.
So far, the nearest precise citation I can find is George Wigg (later Harold Wilson’s wingman, and one of the prime movers in getting the Profumo scandal on the record) in a Commons Debate, 29th July 1949.
Here he is putting the unreconstructed David Gammans, the unreconstructed Tory MP for Hornsey, back into his box:
I recently had the opportunity of talking to some Burmese gentlemen, and one of the things they said was that they never realised until they came here and met ordinary people, what the British people were like. They thought they were all haughty and arrogant. The hon. Gentleman and his Friends think they are all “wogs.” Indeed, the right hon. Member for Woodford (Mr. Churchill) thinks that the “wogs” start at Calais. If one views people like the hon. Gentleman from the angle of a private soldier, one realises that to them there are black “wogs” and white “wogs.” The attitude of hon. Members opposite to the black chap is not much different from the attitude of some of them towards the private soldier, and that is why the Forces have a great sympathy with the native peoples.
Further proof, should one need it, never to take a book by its cover.
Now to decode:
Tutti frutti, aw rutti
Awop bop a loo mop atop bom bom.