Max Mathews - Daisy Bell /Bicycle Built for Two
  Year :   1961
  Location :   USA
  Worktype :   Composition
  Materials:   -
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  Work Details  
  [ Harry Dacre, arr. Max V. Mathews ] When Dacre, an English popular composer, first came to the United States, he brought with him a bicycle, for which he was charged duty. His friend, the songwriter William Jerome, remarked lightly: Its lucky you didnt bring a bicycle built for two, otherwise you d have to pay double duty. Dacre was so taken with the phrase bicycle built for two that he decide to use it in a song, which he titled Daisy Bell. There was a real Daisy who inspired the song— the Countess of Warwick, Frances Brooke, one of the mose desirable women of those times, and one of the wealthiest. Daisy was her nickname. For a while she was the mistress of the Prince of Wales (subsequently Edward VII, king of England, 1901-10). In her lifetime, she became a vegetarian, championed women s education and stood as a Labour (leftist/socialist) candidate. She was eventually married to John Boyd Dunlop, the founder of the rubber company. Mathews arrangement of Daisy Bell is nearly as old time for us now as Dacre s tune was in 1961. Since then, the computer has become a virtuosic singer; 1994 s castrato from the movie Farinelli was a singing computer— as no one today is interested in undergoing the requisite snip to have that lovely singing voice. And we can t forget today s popular music is kept tune by singing computers, pitch correctors which sing with the pop star s own voice. Mathews singing computer is based on the work of John Kelly of Bell Laboratories and others. Arthur C. Clark heard the computer-synthesized song when he visited the labs, and had Hal the computer sing it in 2001, A Space Odyssey— while Hal was being disconnected. —ja, from David Ewen, Fizzgig, and J. R. Pierce . Accessed 15.11.06 from