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Allan Smethurst (November 19 1927 - December 23 2000), aka The Singing Postman was an English postman and singer.

Born in Blackburnmarker, Lancashiremarker, Smethurst was raised in Sheringhammarker, Norfolk. His mother came from the nearby village of Stiffkeymarker. He later moved away from Norfolk.

A real life postman, Smethurst hummed tunes on his daily post round for many years, writing and singing songs in his native Norfolk dialect in the 1950s. An audition tape sent to BBC Norfolk Radio earned him a spot on Ralph Tuck's local radio show, and Tuck recorded Smethurst on his own record label, "The Smallest Recording Organisation in the World" based in Lowestoft. A four track EP made the EP charts in 1965 and after another EP release by Ralph Tuck and an album The Singing Postman's Year he was signed to EMI who re-released earlier songs and recorded new items. He made numerous live and promotional performances, including Top of the Pops but was afflicted by nerves and stage fright.

In 1966, the Singing Postman's best known hit "Hev Yew Gotta Loight, Boy?" won Smethurst the Ivor Novello Award for best novelty song of the year. The hit knocked the Beatles from the top of the East Anglia hit parade and remained in the charts for nine weeks. Rolf Harris recorded a cover version without success. The song had a small comeback in 1994 when it was featured on a television commercial for Ovaltine.

He quit the music business in 1970, later admitting he had an alcohol problem and that he'd spent all his money and was penniless. He spent his last few years living quietly in a Salvation Army hostel in Grimsbymarker where he died in December 2000.

Selected Discography

  • The BBC Singing Postman EP (RTP 1965) #20 in UK EP charts
  • First Delivery EP (EMI 1966) # 7 in UK EP charts
  • The Singing Postman's Year (RTP)
  • Second Delivery EP (EMI 1966)
  • Third Delivery EP (EMI (1966)
  • Fourth Delivery EP (EMI 1966)
  • Recorded Delivery LP (EMI 1966)
  • The Sound Barrier LP (EMI 1967)

Famous Songs

  • Bin Born A Long Time
  • I wear horn rimmed glasses
  • When The Moon Peeps O'er The Hill
  • Hev Yew Gotta Loight Boy?
  • Followin' Th' Binder Round
  • The Devil's Hoofprints
  • Roundabout
  • Miss from Diss
  • Moind yer head, boy
  • You'll hatta come along a me

other songs included:

  • ha' yer fa'er got a dickey, boy?
  • oi shot a rabbit up a tree
  • the motorbike song
  • Mystery of Owld Tom's Grave
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