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No. 11: ‘Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner’ - Hubert Gregg (1947)

Listen to David Jones' version of ‘Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner’

  • ‘Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner’ - Hubert Gregg (1947)

    ‘I love London town’

    Written by BBC broadcaster Hubert Gregg in 1944, as he watched German doodlebugs passing over the city, it’s a way of life for Larry Barnes, Pearly King of Thornton Heath:

    ‘If we are doing a pearly show and we don’t do it, people will always request it. They expect it, it’s as simple as that. What is it about the song that makes people want to sing along? It’s a good, rolling number, it’s down-to-earth with simple lyrics; he doesn’t try to be maudlin, he doesn’t try to be over-sentimental. He states a case plainly and simply – which is, I belong to London and London belongs to me.’ Larry Barnes

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