I'm not sure that the old wind up gramophones in the early thirties would have caught those last words on "Barnacle Bill" causing teenagers (a word not in use until nearly two decades later) to fall about laughing. As Dick Sudhalter points out, the record was issued at the time with the Victor officials none the wiser. I first heard this track when I bought the RCA LP RD-27225 'THE BIX BEIDERBECKE LEGEND'. Yet even on reasonable Hi-Fi equipment I hadn't noticed it. I had assumed the vocalist was singing those last words in a slurred drunken manner . . . 'Shead Barnacle Bill the Shailor'. Then when Venuti pointed it out in 'Man & Legend' I went back, listened again and, yes, there it was. Obviously I hadn't been paying enough attention. The number is played at such a fast tempo that, as 'Man & Legend' notes, "at one point Bix and Krupa almost part company altogether". All in all, I wouldn't have thought this record was up there amongst most Forumites Bix favorites.