Not having access to Knowledge base for house surveys or listening to House survey news Rosemary Clooney and Shakin Stevens both happily sang a version of the hit song “This Ole House” written by Stuart Hamblen. The catchy lyrics include the words; “Ain’t got time to fix the shingles, Ain’t got time to fix the floor, Ain’t got time to oil the hinges, nor to mend no window pane, Ain’t gonna need this house no longer, I’m getting ready to meet the Saints”. This fun song tells about a once wonderful family home that is now falling apart at the seams and describes all the work needed to bring it back to its former glory before the owner passes away.
In 1954 Rosemary Clooney reached the top of the charts in America and England with her original version of the song and then in 1981 Shakin Stevens also had a number one smash hit in the UK with his rendition of the same very popular track. The idea behind the cleverly composed lyrics by Stuart Hamblen were supposedly written after he and his friend John Wayne (Actor) were out on a hunting expedition and found an old derelict property with the deceased owner still inside!
Other Artists who also enjoyed hits with this song include; Billie Anthony, Alma Cogan, Bette Midler and Bing Crosby. A diverse and talented group of musical artists who took the original song and made it their own.