Alan Simpson died recently – one half of the songwriting duo, Galton & Simpson, behind Tony Hancock and Steptoe & Son. It’s a sad loss for British comedy.
Galton and Simpson met in an unexpected place – a sanatorium in Surrey where they were recuperating from tuberculosis.
There’s a great joke on this LP which probably dates back to this time. When Harold takes Albert to get his chest x-rayed in The Joys Of Smoking, the following exchange takes place immediately after the young nurse leaves the room:
Harold: Tasty piece, isn’t she? She’s got T.B.
Albert: Has she?
Harold: Two beauties!
Hit: A Pregnant Situation