I was born on 10th July 1964, and sometime in 1966 I was recorded by my parents singing this song. I hadn’t perfected the lyric, and my version was ‘Yellow Sumbarine’. I probably changed it for copyright reasons;-)
Some of my first sounds were recorded on their old reel to reel tape recorder. On one occasion, my Dad forgot to switch it off, and he recorded an incident where he was bathing me after I had soiled my nappy.
I was asking for my ‘boaters’ to play with in the water, and he told me I couldn’t have my ‘boaters’ because I had dirtied my nappy. On hearing this back many years later, he said he was sorry about that, but he needn’t be. The recording was a lovely one, and you can tell how much he really loved his little son. I bet there weren’t many working class men back in 1966 who shared the caring for their babies as much as my Dad did.
The tape has me singing other songs, such as ‘I Can Sing a Rainbow’ and ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’. It also contains a couple of my own compositions.
‘Bears in the Room’ was inspired by a scary American TV programme in which a family was spooked by a wolverine. ‘One Summers Evening on a Cold Winter’s Day’ was a bath time favourite - neither became hits.