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Light Upon The River

The story is told that the wife of Oscar Hammerstein II, the well-known lyricist, once overhead Mrs. Jerome Kern being congratulated on Kern's composition of 'Ol' Man River'. Mrs Hammerstein immediately interjected: 'He did not write 'Old Man River', he wrote 'Dum Dum Deda'.'

Esme Shirt

By Christopher Idle
St. Matthias Press. 328 pages. £12.99
ISBN 1 873166 72 9