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classic33

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Lon Chaney Jnr is best known for his role as tortured Larry Talbot, aka The Wolf Man. But his portrayal of Dracula, along with Frankenstein’s Monster and the Mummy, meant he had the honour of being the only actor to play all of Universal’s classic quartet of monsters.
 

Joey Shabadoo

My pronouns are "He", "Him" and "buggerlugs"
Funny, I always associate him with the role of Lenny in "of Mice and Men"
 

Dave7

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Location
Cheshire
The song "When The Lion Sleeps"......also known as Wim-a-way was originally written and recorded in the 1930s.
It was a Zulu song protesting against British rule.
The words Wim a Way were Zulu for "the lion" and looked for the time they would re-awaken against British rule.
 

Tribansman

Über Member
The song "When The Lion Sleeps"......also known as Wim-a-way was originally written and recorded in the 1930s.
It was a Zulu song protesting against British rule.
The words Wim a Way were Zulu for "the lion" and looked for the time they would re-awaken against British rule.
Interesting that. And reminds me of the classic joke...what were the last five results for Lion King FC?

A win away
A win away
A win away
A win away
A win away
 

bruce1530

Veteran
Location
Ayrshire
The song "When The Lion Sleeps"......also known as Wim-a-way was originally written and recorded in the 1930s.
It was a Zulu song protesting against British rule.
The words Wim a Way were Zulu for "the lion" and looked for the time they would re-awaken against British rule.
The bit about re-awakening against British rule was, I think, Pete Seeger's story. There's also a story about the "sleeping lion" referring to dead African chiefs.

"Wimoweh" was an anglification of "Mbube" ("em-boo-bay") - the original "Mbube" was allegedly written by Solomon Linda in South Africa, but based on an older song and rhythm. "Mbube" means "Lion".

The stuff about the "lion sleeps tonight" was added in the 50s by american writers.

Solomon Linda died in poverty, having signed away (despite being unable to read) the rights for something like ten shillings. It was much later that his family were able to gain access to the royalties.
 

Chris S

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Location
Sparkhill
Citroen is French for lemon.
 
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