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Thread #109111   Message #2278468
Posted By: BB
03-Mar-08 - 02:36 PM
Thread Name: Folk terminology
Subject: RE: Folk terminology
Jim C. said:
"I was a little surprised at the response to the 'hand over ear' technique. There are illustrations of it being used in England as early as Tudor times; Tuer's 'Street Cries of Old London' has a half a dozen examples in woodcut form. It was used by many singers in the early revival, Ewan and Bert being the best remembered. I have always assumed it was introduced by Lloyd though his work in Eastern Europe, where it was a common technique."

I have a memory of seeing Paul Jones of Manfred Mann put his hand over his ear in order to better hear what he was singing, and I remember cheering at the time, so the moaning and derision about it must have been going on even way back then.