Jake Thackray
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1938
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Jake Thackray

Jake Thackray Biography (Wikipedia)

John Philip "Jake" Thackray (27 February 1938 – 24 December 2002) was an English singer-songwriter, poet and journalist. Best known in the late 1960s and early 1970s for his topical comedy songs performed on British television, his work ranged from satirical to bawdy to sentimental to pastoral, with a strong emphasis on storytelling, making him difficult to categorise.

Thackray sang in a lugubrious baritone voice, accompanying himself on a nylon-strung guitar in a style that was part classical, part jazz. His witty lyrics and clipped delivery, combined with his strong Yorkshire accent and the northern setting of many of his songs, led to him being described as the "North Country Noël Coward", a comparison Thackray resisted, although he acknowledged his lyrics were in the English tradition of Coward and Flanders and Swann, "who are wordy, funny writers". However, his tunes derived from the French chansonnier tradition: he claimed Georges Brassens as his greatest inspiration, and he was also influenced by Jacques Brel and Charles Trenet. He also admired Randy Newman. He was admired by, and influenced, many performers including Jarvis Cocker, Mike Harding, Momus, Ralph McTell, Morrissey, Alex Turner, and Jasper Carrott.

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The Statues
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The Statues
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The Blacksmith and the Toffee Maker
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The Blacksmith and the Toffee Maker
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Lah-Di-Dah
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Lah-Di-Dah
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Joseph
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Joseph
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Remember Bethlehem (The Intake School Carol)
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Remember Bethlehem (The Intake School Carol)
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Remember Bethlehem
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Remember Bethlehem
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Jumble Sale
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Jumble Sale
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North Country Song (Rain On The Mountainside)
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North Country Song (Rain On The Mountainside)
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Country Bus
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Country Bus
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The Castleford Ladies Magic Circle
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The Castleford Ladies Magic Circle
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Sister Josephine
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Sister Josephine
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On Again On Again
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On Again On Again
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The Last Will And Testament Of Jack Thackray
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The Last Will And Testament Of Jack Thackray
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Brother Gorilla
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Brother Gorilla
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Country Girl
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Country Girl
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The Vicar's Missus
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The Vicar's Missus
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The Lodger
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The Lodger
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The Ferryboat
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The Ferryboat

The Ferryboat

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Ladies Magic Circle
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Ladies Magic Circle
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Worried Brown Eyes
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Worried Brown Eyes
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Widow Of Bridlington
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Widow Of Bridlington
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Bantam Cock
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Bantam Cock
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The Black Swan
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The Black Swan
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Personal Column
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Personal Column
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Ulysees
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Ulysees
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Scallywag
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Scallywag
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The Castleford Ladies’ Magic Circle
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The Castleford Ladies’ Magic Circle
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Old Molly Metcalfe
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Old Molly Metcalfe
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