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Thursday, November 11, 2010
More Musical Genealogy
Mark Twain once wrote a humorous sketch titled, "I'm My Own Grandfather." It went like this: "After long years as a bachelor I was tired of being alone and married a widow with a grown daughter. My father fell in love with the daughter and took her as his wife. This made me my own son-in-law and my stepdaughter became my mother. After a year my wife gave birth to a son. Now, my son was my father's brother-in-law and at the same time my uncle, since he was my stepmother's brother. But my father's wife also gave birth to a son. So this was my brother and also my grandson, since he was the son of my daughter. This meant I'd married my grandmother, since she was the mother of my mother. As my wife's husband, I was also her grandson. And since the husband of a grandmother is always a grandfather, I am my own grandfather."
In the 1930s, Dwight Latham had a radio show and was reading Mark Twain when he came across the above story and decided to (with the help of Moe Jaffe) put the piece to music.
The result was song, "I'm My Own Grandpa." It has been covered by lots of musicians over the years. Probably the first person to receive wide acclaim for performing it was Guy Lombardo in 1948. His version can be heard HERE. Another popular version is one sung by Ray Stevens.