Inspired by the Bananas Foster entry, here is another post about a food song.
Spike Jones and his City Slicker is one of my favorite novelty bands. Before there was “Weird Al” Yankovic there was Spike Jones. He parodied classic songs of his era with the use of crazy voices, cowbells, gunshots and whistles.
“Yes, We Have No Bananas” was written by Frank Silver and Irving Cohen in 1922 and covered by Spike Jones in the 1940s. If you can trust Wikipedia, it says the song was inspired by a banana shortage brought on by a blight in Brazil. There are other claims to the origin, but I like the blight story.
Americans eat more bananas than any other fresh fruit. It’s definitely a favorite in our house when we need a snack. Could you imagine if yes, there were no bananas?