Hello children – and parents – everywhere!

OUR THREE-YEAR-OLD SON IS INFLUENCING MY MUSIC TASTES. It’s meant to be the other way round. But while I bombard Boy Wonder with the eclectic sounds of 6Music in the house, and he can clearly now recognise the odd Smiths tune, it’s his favourite car CDs that echo in my ears throughout the week.

The funny thing is, his favourite tunes are so old that they’re from my parents’ generation, or even older. We bought him a Hello Children Everywhere! collection a few years ago – or did we buy it for ourselves? – and we can’t go anywhere now without us having a loud sing-along to the often humorous tunes of a more innocent age.

So here are our top three family favourites:

1. ‘Right said Fred’ by Bernard Cribbins, the voice behind the Wombles and a master of novelty records like this one. As a Lego obsessive, Boy Wonder thinks this You Tube rendition is unbeatable…


2. ‘Ernie (the fastest milkman in the west)’ by Benny Hill, who started out as a milkman but became the king of British slapstick and innuendo. I don’t think for a moment that Boy Wonder gets most of it but we both certainly love some of the wordplay – ‘Two-ton Ted from Teddington’…


3. Robin Hood theme song from the 1950s TV show – ‘Feared by the bad, loved by the good, Robin Hood, Robin Hood’…


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