John Lennon's "Can You Hear Me Mother?"

On October 24th 2010, I posted in my Posterous Sair’s Lair a snippet of John Lennon yelling “Can You Hear Me Mother?” during the recording of Whatever Gets You Through The Night. This morning I’ve been listening to a recording of the Savile Row Rooftop Concert 30th January 1969 and find another, clearer yelling of the same thing.

Here’s the blurb I put together for my blog back then…

‘John Lennon Shouts Catchphrase “Can You Hear Me Mother?”

I have just discovered John Lennon shouting Sandy Powell's catchphrase, "Can You Hear Me Mother?" - an oft heard phrase in our home from my Dad who copied Sandy's voice accent too.  John does exactly the same sing-song voice - copying Sandy as if singing the notes of his spoken voice (if you know what I mean).

This can be heard towards the end of the long note on "Whatever Gets You Through The Night" at about 2:42.

Something about Sandy...


Sandy Powell (b 30 Jan 1900 d 26 Jun 1982) Sandy Powell was one of the most successful comedians of his generation. He started performing at the age of five when his mother lied and said he was eleven! He was one of the first comedians to realise the importance of records and released a whole series of 78s of his sketches that sold in the millions. Rather than take an outright fee he was canny enough to take a penny per disc.

Sandy showed the same Yorkshire acumen in his film career starting in 1933 with Pathe Pictorials' short two-reelers of his stage shows before moving into feature films with The Third String (1933) and Can You Hear Me Mother (1935). Inevitably he was invited by John E Blakeley to Manchester where he starred in the first film to be produced at the Dickenson Road Studios - Cup Tie Honeymoon (1947). Until his death, he remained a huge success on television and the stage, being awarded an MBE in 1975.’

Here’s the Whatever Gets You Through The Night “Can you hear me mother?”
and here’s the Savile Row Rooftop “Can you hear me mother?”

Interesting isn’t it?! Happy

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