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176 – Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite – Jack ‘n’ Gary

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Original recording: 24–29 July 1969

Ukulele Version #176:  April 2012

 

 

Performed and produced by "Jack ‘n’ Gary"

Jack: lead and background vocals and ukulele

Gary: Piano, organ, piano, bass harmonica, chord harmonica and lots of keyboards

Emily Bindiger: choir vocals

Doug Yowell: drums

 

Recorded at Rich Man’s Den

Mixed by Michael Golub

 

Photo Julie Fox

 

Written by John Lennon

Credited to Lennon and McCartney

 

 

ABOUT THE SONG

 

For the benefit of Mr. Kite

There will be a show tonight on trampoline

The Hendersons will all be there

 

The Hendersons were wire-walker, equestrian, trampolinist and clown John Henderson and his wife Agnes, the daughter of circus owner Henry Hengler. The Hendersons travelled all over Europe and Russia during the 1840’s and 1850’s. The ‘somersets’ which Mr. Henderson performed on ‘solid ground’ were somersaults, ‘garters’ were were banners held between two people and a ‘trampoline’ in those days was a wooden springboard rather than stretched canvas.

 

Late of Pablo Fanques’ fair, what a scene

Over men and horses hoops and garters

Lastly through a hogshead of real fire

In this way Mr. K will challenge the world

 

Pablo Fanque was the first black circus proprietor in Britain. His circus, in which he himself was a performer, was the most popular in Victorian Britain for 30 years. Fanque married Susannah Marlaw. On 18 March 1848, his wife died when a wooden viewers’ gallery at the circus.That night, their son was performing a tightrope act before a large crowd at the Amphitheatre at King Charles Croft, in the Headrow in Leeds. The 600 people seated in the gallery fell with its collapse, but Susannah Darby was the only fatality. Pablo Fanque died of bronchitis  on 4 May 1871

 

The celebrated Mr. K

Performs his feats on Saturday at Bishopsgate

The Hendersons will dance and sing

As Mr. Kite flies through the ring, don’t be late

 

The Bishopsgate bombing occurred on 24 April 1993, when the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonated a truck bomb in London’s financial district in Bishopsgate. One person was killed in the explosion and 44 injured, and damage estimated at £1 billion was caused.

 

 

Messrs K. and H. assure the public

Their production will be second to none

And of course Henry the Horse dances the waltz

 

John Henry (March 9, 1975 – October 8, 2007) was an American Thoroughbred race horse who had 39 wins, with $6,591,860 in earnings. He was twice voted the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year in 1981 and 1984, with his 1981 selection is the only one whereby the victor received all votes cast for that award. John Henry was also listed as #23 – Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century.

 

The band begins at ten to six

When Mr. K performs his tricks without a sound

And Mr. H will demonstrate

Ten somersets he’ll undertake on solid ground

 

 

 

Having been some days in preparation

A splendid time is guaranteed for all

And tonight Mr. Kite is topping the bill

 

William Kite came from a circus family. Born in Lambeth, London, about 1825. His father, James Kite was a circus proprietor, and the first to visit Knott Mill Fair, Manchester, in 1806. James Kite formed his own company around 1810, traveling as "Kite’s Pavilion Circus."

 

 

 

 

The Story of Jack ‘n’ Gary

 

Jack Petruzzelli and Gary Schreiner first met performing and recording together in the Joan Osborne band. While on tour in Switzerland, they became best of friends, roomed together and eventually became known as "Jack ‘n’ Gary".

 

A clubhouse was formed, then business cards, international fans and fan mail. Soon, came the "Jack ‘n’ Gary’s Clubhouse" newsletter, ("All the News that fits Comfortably" ) as well as a TV pilot, "Jack ‘n’ Gary’s Clubhouse" (Where  a Good Time is Had by All!).

 

Jack ‘n’ Gary’s Clubhouse Part 1

Jack ‘n’ Gary’s Clubhouse Part 2

Jack ‘n’ Gary’s Clubhouse Part 3

 

Jack and Gary continued their careers both separately, and together, collaborating on many projects, performing together live and in the studio, as well as writing  songs, TV commercials and film music.

 

Interestingly enough, Jack ‘n’ Gary both play in well known bands featuring the music of the Beatles. Jack, a member of The Fab Faux

and Gary, a member of The Nutopians, celebrating the music of John Lennon.

 

For more about Jack!

For more about Gary!

 

 

Performed and produced by "Jack ‘n’ Gary"

Jack: lead and background vocals

Emily Bindiger: choir vocals

Doug Yowell: drums

Recorded at Rich Man’s Den

Mixed by Michael Golub

 

 

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