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My Boomerang Won
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Published: 2007/02/24
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Published: 2010/12/30
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'My Boomerang Won't Come Back' Charlie Drake
Published: 2014/07/11
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My Boomerang Won
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Published: 2013/09/27
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Published: 2009/10/23
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Published: 2014/04/18
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My Boomerang Won
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[7] Bombalurina - My Boomerang Won
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Published: 2013/01/24
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My Boomerang Won
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Published: 2016/12/11
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Published: 2011/01/05
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Charlie Drake - "Mr Custer"
Charlie Drake - "Mr Custer"
Published: 2011/06/04
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My Boomerang Wont Come Back!
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My Boomerang Won
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Published: 2016/12/12
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My Boomerang Won
My Boomerang Won't Come Back - Charlie Drake (USA Version)
Published: 2012/03/06
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My Boomerang Won
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Published: 2016/02/17
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My Boomerang Won
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Published: 2014/11/07
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Charlie Drake My Boomerang Wont Come Back 1961
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Published: 2017/02/08
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Published: 2017/03/19
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Charlie Drake - My Boomerang Won`t Come Back
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Published: 2008/12/13
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Charlie Drake    My Boomerang Won
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Published: 2011/11/24
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My Boomerang Won
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Published: 2014/11/08
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Charlie Drake - My Boomerang Won
Charlie Drake - My Boomerang Won't Come Back (Parlophone).
Published: 2016/03/25
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My Boomerang Won
My Boomerang Won't Come Back! Film Clip
Published: 2008/11/13
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Charlie Drake-My Boomerang Won
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Published: 2013/04/18
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Published: 2010/01/26
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My Boomerang Won
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Published: 2015/10/17
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Charlie Drake - "I Bent My Assegai"
Charlie Drake - "I Bent My Assegai"
Published: 2013/04/19
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[7] Bombalurina - My Boomerang Won
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Published: 2014/01/19
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Published: 2014/11/08
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Published: 2017/07/21
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Published: 2015/04/02
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Published: 2007/03/16
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Published: 2009/08/01
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Published: 2012/07/30
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Published: 2010/05/16
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Published: 2013/06/12
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Published: 2008/09/27
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Published: 2017/08/20
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"My Boomerang Won't Come Back"
Single by Charlie Drake
B-side "She's My Girl"
Released 1961
Format 7" single
Recorded 1961
Genre Novelty
Length 3:32 (original version); 2:44 (edited version)
Label Parlophone Records (UK), United Artists (USA)
Songwriter(s) Max Diamond and Charlie Drake

"My Boomerang Won't Come Back" was a novelty record by British comedian Charlie Drake which became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1961.

The tune concerns a young Aboriginal lad (with Drake's signature Cockney accent) cast out by his tribe due to his inability to toss a boomerang. After months of isolation (and fighting off "nasty bushwackin' animals"), the local witch doctor takes pity on the lad and informs him "if you want you boomerang to come back/well, first you've got to throw it!" He does, and proceeds to bring down an airplane, which crashes with a loud boom. "Oh, my Gawd," the lad says in horror, "I've hit The Flying Doctor!" The lad and the witch doctor argue over payment ("you still owe me fourteen chickens!") as the record fades out.

The record was produced by George Martin, who went on to even more enduring fame by producing the Beatles. Martin used studio tricks to approximate the sound of Aborigine instruments.

Controversy[edit]

"My Boomerang" is not exactly a paragon of political correctness, even by 1961 standards. In the song an Aboriginal meeting is described as a "pow-wow"--something more appropriate for Native Americans--while their chanting sounds more African than Aboriginal. Oddly, many of the Aboriginal speakers in the song have either American or British accents. Most of all, Drake raised eyebrows with the chorus: "I've waved the thing all over the place/practiced till I was black in the face/I'm a big disgrace to the Aborigine race/My boomerang won't come back!"

After the BBC refused to play the tune (despite its popularity in record shops), a new version was recorded, substituting "blue in the face"; this version (on Parlophone Records) entered the UK charts in October and eventually peaked at #14.

When the song was initially released in the USA it contained the "black in the face" lyric which was shortly changed to "blue". KEWB Oakland talk show host, Englishman Michael Jackson thought this was silly. He said the original "black in the face" was an allusion to George Black, a British theatrical and television producer. It had nothing to do with race or ethnicity.

North American versions[edit]

United Artists released the record in America, and, not wanting to deal with complaints like the ones in Britain, issued a 45-only version that not only featured the line "blue in the face" but was considerably shorter than the UK version (which was 3:32), clocking in at 2:44 (the middle part was tightened up and the entire final bit about "The Flying Doctor" was excised, assuming American audiences would be unfamiliar with this service; after the sound of the flying boomerang, the song goes back into the chorus and fades out). The US version first hit the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1962 and peaked at #21 (a rare pre-Beatles hit for a British artist in the US) for what would be Drake's only American chart appearance (oddly, yet another version turned up on an American LP release, which was the same length as the US 45 but again contained the line "black in the face").

The K-Tel compilation entitled "Looney Tunes" (K-Tel NU9140, 1976) contained the full 3:32 version, with "black in the face" included.

The record also did well in Canada, reaching #3 there.[1]

Australian reaction[edit]

Initially, despite its less-than-flattering treatment of the Aboriginals, Australian record-buyers apparently had no problem with the original "black in the face" version; musicologist David Kent has calculated it reached #1 there in December 1962 (a copy of the record has been archived by Music Australia).[2]

By 2015, however, times had changed, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation banned the song, after a listener complained that it was racist. The ABC apologized after its Hobart-based radio program Weekends played the song by request from a listener in September 2015. The broadcaster said it has removed the track completely from its system and taken steps to ensure “this would not happen again”. The ABC's Audience and Consumer Affairs Department released a statement that the error was due to staff "not being familiar with the track’s lyrics".[3][4][5]

The Worker reference[edit]

The song is referred to in Drake's ITV sitcom The Worker. In the 1969 episode "Hello, Cobbler" (coincidentally, the only one to survive in a colour version), Charlie's eponymous character is hit on the head by a boomerang and hallucinates a bizarre Australian adventure (also "politically incorrect" due to its use of actors, including Drake himself, playing Aborigine characters in blackface makeup). When he wakes up he asks, "What happened?" and is told, "Something you've always wanted--your boomerang came back!"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MY BOOMERANG WON'T COME BACK by CHARLIE DRAKE". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  2. ^ "My boomerang won't come back [music] / words & music by Max Diamond & Charlie Drake.". Nla.gov.au. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  3. ^ "ABC Bans Charttopping Boomerang Song by British Comedian Charlie Drake". Heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  4. ^ Huffadine, Leith (2015-11-24). "ABC radio bans My Boomerang Won't Come Back because it's racist". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  5. ^ "ABC bans 'offensive' Charlie Drake comedy song". 3aw.com.au. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 

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