Ice cream truck song identification?
Can anyone identify this tune? (One snippet is like God Bless America, and another is like She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain.)
It's not the Schubert "Tragic Symphony" -- that's for sure.
I’m not sure what that tune is, but ice cream truck operators have been seeking a new standard tune to play because the old one, “Turkey In The Straw,” has a racist history.
Afaicr, ice-cream vans play Greensleeves in Britain. There are other choons, but it's been a while since I heard one, and I tend to block them out, so I couldn't name any. Old McDonald, mebbe.
If we avoid every song on the basis of schoolboys finding crude variations, we'd quickly run out of songs.
You could try using Musescore.
It's true that a modified version of Turkey was played in minstrel shows but it greatly predates that.
Thanks for the suggestions. I've tried the Musipedia search to no avail although had located Red Wing / Woody Guthrie's Union Maid (whose A section bears some resemblance to Schumann's The Happy Farmer) when I first heard that one last summer. In previous tune-hunting, a student's parent had identified Music Box Dancer, and ones that I already knew are Mister Softee Jingle by Les Waas, Joplin's The Entertainer, and the out-of-favor Turkey in the Straw. Maybe if I look into vans or suppliers, I'll find more information on standard equipment and tune packages.
It's called PICNIC.
Well, I was skimming a 20 year old forum thread and thought to search "hello" and here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSIEPRZTgmU
Thanks, Gordon! The timbre and wavering in those clips is terrifying. I didn't think to search for people's compilations of tunes. My Suzuki students will play this one next summer although most likely I'll transpose to G major to make it more accessible.
One last update - following the Hello/Picnic trail, I saw internet references to a Japanese nursery rhyme and asked a Japanese friend who identified it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQHyD4ndTRU (the bit with She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain is extended)
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