C.x (itsjustc) wrote,

65 years of UK Christmas No1s - 1971

Benny Hill - Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)

"Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)" is an innuendo-laden comedy or novelty song, written and performed by the English comedian Benny Hill.

"Ernie" was originally written in 1955 as the introduction to an unfilmed screenplay about Hill's milkman experiences.

The original clip of the song performed on The Benny Hill Show in 1970 is seldom repeated as it was made in black and white owing to a technicians' strike, but the episode has been released on DVD on both sides of the Atlantic.

In the original TV broadcast version, as part of the song's comedy plot, Benny incorrectly sings the name "Ernie" several times as: "Hernie", to which the backing singers would correct him by strongly replying the name as: "Ernie!". To this, Benny would then pull an embarrassed/annoyed face. This comedy plot was concluded at the end of the song when Benny, pulling a mischievous face, sang a final: "Hernie!". On the record release, only the final: "Hernie!" is heard.

The following year, it was released as a single on EMI's Columbia label, it became a surprise number-one hit, topping the UK singles chart for four weeks at Christmas 1971. A promotional film was shot starring Hill as Ernie, Henry McGee as Ted, and Jan Butlin as Sue.

I was never a big fan of Benny Hill although he was a very popular comedian. I think I was a bit of a child feminist even aged 7 years old. LOL!

This single was quite hard to track down it took me about 5 years to find.
Tags: 1971, benny hill, ernie, uk christmas no1s

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