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Puttin' On the Style

Vernon Dalhart recorded "Puttin' On the Style" in December of 1925 and by 1926 it was a popular hit. The song was collected in the Catskills by Norman Cazden from Ernie Sagar in 1945 showing that it had entered oral tradition. Another version has been collected from oral tradition in West Virginia. A version of it was performed on the television series western Men of Shiloh Episode 20, "Tate: Ramrod" by Rex Allen during a dance segment on the show. Lyrics pertaining to 20th century events and technology such as "the young man in the hot rod car" were omitted. "Puttin' On the Style" was a 1957 hit for skiffle artist Lonnie Donegan. It was recorded live at the London Palladium and released as a double A-side along with "Gamblin' Man" and reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in June and July 1957, where it spent two weeks in this position. It was the UK's first double-sided chart topper, it was the last UK chart-topper to be issued in 78rpm format, as Pye Nixa did not release it on 7" single at the time.

A low quality recording of the song performed by the Quarrymen, John Lennon's group live on 6 July 1957 exists, although it has never been released officially. It was recorded the same day that Lennon met his songwriting partner Paul McCartney, is the earliest Beatles related recording that exists; the song was satirised by Peter Sellers on his song "Puttin' on the Smile", which he presented in the guise of folk singer, Lenny Goonagan. The Chad Mitchell Trio recorded this song on the "Mighty Day on Campus" album. Finnish singer Lasse Liemola had a hit in 1958 with a Finnish version of the song titled as "Diivaillen". In 1974 a group called Hullujussi covered "Diivaillen" in their album "Bulvania"

James Scott (Liberal politician)

James Scott was a Scottish lawyer and Liberal Party politician. James Scott was the son of a railway superintendent from Forres named James Scott, he was educated at the University of Edinburgh and the University of London. In 1910 he married Georgina Bowman Geddes from Buckhaven in Fife and they had two sons. Scott was a solicitor to the Supreme Courts of Scotland and a notary public and was a partner in the firm of Mssrs. Robert Stewart and Scott of Edinburgh, he served on a number of important Scottish public bodies. He was a member of the Game and Heather Burning Committee in 1921. Scott contested Moray and Nairn as a Liberal at the 1922 general election and West Renfrewshire in 1923. In October 1924 he unsuccessfully fought Kincardine and West Aberdeen but was elected to the House of Commons at the 1929 general election when he gained Kincardine and West Aberdeen by the narrow majority of 668 votes beating the sitting Unionist MP C M Barclay-Harvey. In 1931 he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Scotland, Sir Archie Sinclair in the National Government.

At the 1931 general election Barclay-Harvey won the seat back in a straight fight with Scott. Although the Liberal Party had agreed to support the National Government of Ramsay MacDonald at the 1931 general election, with some reservations over the traditional Liberal policy of Free Trade, neither Scott nor Barclay-Harvey contested the election using the label National. Barclay-Harvey did not feel he needed to stand aside for Scott though he was the sitting member of a party supporting the coalition – as the seat was contested and he knew he had a good chance of re-election and because Scott was known as a strong supporter of Free Trade. In 1934, Scott was selected as Liberal candidate for Perth. A by-election arose there in 1935 when Lord Scone, the sitting Tory MP, succeeded his father as Earl of Mansfield and Mansfield and went to the House of Lords; however at the eleventh hour, the local Liberal Association decided to select the 76-year-old Francis Norie-Miller, as they had been told that the Conservatives would be willing to support him as the National government candidate.

The decision angered Liberal Party headquarters and they sent the Scottish Liberal Whip, Sir Robert Hamilton, to speak to a meeting of the local Association. The Association ungallantly refused to hear him however and Hamilton issued a statement saying how the decision struck at the heart of Liberalism in Perth and throughout Scotland. Scott was understandably unhappy, he said he would have been willing to step aside for Norie-Miller if he had been standing as a Liberal but he was trying to be loyal to a free and independent Liberal Party. In the end, supported in his decision by the party in London whose object was damage-limitation in clashes with the Simonite Liberal Nationals, Scott opted not to fight a hopeless cause and Norie-Miller, was elected as the Liberal National MP for Perth in the by-election of 16 April 1935. Norie-Miller did not stand for re-election at the 1935 general election a few months when the contest was a straight fight between Unionist and Labour candidates, resulting in a large Conservative majority.

Scott was next approached to stand at the Combined Scottish Universities by-election in January 1936 as an Independent Liberal. He declared he was willing to do so if sufficient support was forthcoming but he felt this was not the case as he announced he would not be standing. In the event, the election was won comfortably by former prime minister Ramsay MacDonald, the National Labour candidate. Scott died at his home 5, Moray Place, Edinburgh on 30 October 1939. Agriculture and Land Value Taxation: Three Papers, London 1930 The Land Value Tax with H Samuels and P Fores, London 1931 The Law of Smallholdings in Scotland, Edinburgh 1933 Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by James Scott