Mudcat Café message #3283036 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #142290   Message #3283036
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
01-Jan-12 - 02:59 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add/Req: Wheel, oh, Matilda
Subject: RE: Lyr Add/Req: Wheel, oh, Matilda
Listed in mentomusic.com is the 45rpm by Roy Richards and the Ramblers in which the song is actually "We Love Matilda," according to the moderator.
On the same site in a survey of Belafonte recordings- Matilda- "(the well used melody from "Dip and Fall Back", "What a Hard Time" and "Sweetie Charlie", with new lyrics). However, Dirk Wahlers of Germany andBruno Blum both point out that Matilda was also recorded by Trinidadian King Radio around 1939, though it is unknown whether he originated the melody.
As noted by Morwen, Matilda and Mattie were interchangable on some songs; "Mattie Rag" called "Ol' Matilda" by Tanamo (Joseph Gordon)-Iron Bar on a ska single.
Louise Bennett recorded the old Annancy "Matilda" song.
Price Buster, on lp "Ska-Lip-Soul, recorded the Annancy "Matilda" in ska style, titled "Matilda."