This is another part of the musical heritage I have from my dad. He played it on something remarkably similar to the photo on the video. Phil Harris, the artist singing this song lived a long live and an interesting one. He was born in 1904, and was a musician, a band leader, and was one of the pioneers in radio shows. singer. One of his later gigs was doing the voice of Baloo in Disney’s version of The Jungle Book. If you are interested in more details of Harris’ life, you can go here.
The song was written by Charles Randolph Grean in 1950 and was played often. Other artists have performed The Thing, but when I think about it, it’s always Phil Harris I hear singing it in my head. And I hear my dad’s laughter.
So, dear readers, what do you think The Thing is?