on 1 December 2010
Although the Amazon page for this song gives the original release date as May 2004 it was actually first recorded by Bernard Cribbins in 1962, which is when I first remember it from. My wife and I sometimes sing snatches from half-remembered songs and it was after such an outing with this one that I checked on the lyrics and finally bought it as an Amazon download - much cheaper than iTunes and already in MP3 format which saves the trouble of converting it. It's a classic of its time and paints a living picture of the struggles of the three men with their piano. And ultimately, of course, there's the abiding sadness for the fate of poor Fred - though not too much since we know he's a fictional character. If you don't know it, buy it. And if you do know it, don't let it get away again.