Funny song from The Two Leslies - 'Teas, Light Refreshments & Minerals' - from PSP 890.
No titles. The Two Leslies.
Comic singing duo The Two Leslies - Leslie Holmes (at the piano) and Leslie Sarony - make a funny little introduction to themselves and say "How d'you do?".
They then go into their song - 'Teas, Light Refreshments and Minerals'. It tells of how where ever you go in the country, everywhere is doing 'Teas, Light Refreshments and Minerals'. They sing of how farmers, pub landlords, gypsies and so on are all earning a living from serving teas, light refreshments and minerals, and how at a railway station you'll look out the window to see where are and just see a sign reading ... (you know!). It's very funny (I think so, anyway - SL). At one point, Sarony takes his handkerchief out of his top pocket and puts it over his arm, impersonating a doddery old waiter.
In the middle of the song, Leslie Sarony pulls up his trouser legs and does a tap dance - looks more like the kind of thing Germans in lederhosen do than a soft shoe shuffle. He turns around and wiggles his bottom - it looks very funny! The song ends with Sarony saying this slogan's become an obsession with him - when his wife had triplets and asked what their names should be, he said 'Teas, Light Refreshments and Minerals'!
I love these two! Unfortunately, the sound is quite distorted on this print, but it's better than nothing. - SL.
This was originally an item in Pathe Sound Pictorial 890. This print version is probably from a compilation. Also exists (with better sound but missing sections) in 'Pathetone Parade of 1940' - check for best quality.