This is Peter (the TGB music columnist). There's been a coup here at TGB and I've taken over. I achieved that by waving ice cream at Ronni and distracting her that way.
I will be a benevolent leader, if you follow my orders that is. And my first order is that you help Ronni celebrate her birthday or no cake and ice cream for you.
So, happy birthday Ronni.
I've also gone to a great deal of expense and trouble and had all my minions prepare this humongous birthday cake for her. Make a wish. Ronni.
Before you blow out the candle, we'll sing some birthday songs for you.
I'll start with one of the best known in popular music by the best known group, THE BEATLES. Their song is simply called Birthday.
Well, today isn't Fats Domino's birthday but we'll allow a little artistic licence as it's such a good song. So, Happy Birthday Fats Domino sings BOBBY CHARLES, who was a good friend of the great man.
The DUTCH SWING COLLEGE BAND play Birthday Blues. We'll have to take their word for it as there are no words to the tune.
I have no idea who the PIXIES THREE are; they turned up on a compilation album singing Birthday Party.
Another tune you'll have to take on trust, as it also lacks words, is by the best bebop pianist ever, THELONIOUS MONK and it's Boo Boo's Birthday. I don't know who Boo Boo is (well, apart from Yogi's friend).
Here's some advice on what to wear today. JOHN HARTFORD suggests that I Shoulda Wore My Birthday Suit. I hope everyone will follow suit (sorry).
Last but not least, THE TUNE WEAVERS sing Happy Happy Birthday Baby.
Okay, time to blow out the candle. Ready? Now puff.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Henry Lowenstern: Sing-Along