“Shaving Cream” by Benny Bell – Top 30 Hit from 1975

Who could forget the “Shaving Cream” song? If you were around in 1975, you likely heard it on the radio, but its origins go all the way back to the 1940s. It probably should be enshrined in our hall of “Songs We Love to Hate.” Here’s more from Wikipedia:

“Shaving Cream” is a song written by Benny Bell in 1946, and originally sung by Paul Wynn. It is a novelty song where each verse ends with a mind rhyme of shit, the initial sh– segueing into the refrain, “Shaving Cream”; for example:

“I have a sad story to tell you
It may hurt your feelings a bit
Last night when I walked into my bathroom
I stepped in a big pile of …shhhhh . . . aving cream,
be nice and clean. . . .
Shave ev’ry day and you’ll always look keen.”

The original version of “Shaving Cream” was issued on Bell’s Cocktail Party Songs record label in 1946, with Phil Winston on vocals under the pseudonym Paul Wynn, and, as that name was also used by Bell himself, Winston’s version has often been mistaken for Bell’s, and has appeared on Benny Bell compilation albums more frequently than Bell’s own version.

After the song began to be played on the Dr. Demento radio show in the 1970s, Vanguard Records reissued the song in 1975, and it became a hit, peaking at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

 

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