Recorded/Published: June 12, 1967T' semi-autobiographical "1941" first appeared on Harry "Creme de Cacao" Nilsson's Pandemonium Shadow Show and made a slightly modified reappearance on Aerial Pandemonium Ballet.
Tom Northcott had a minor hit with his cover o' "1941". Others who recorded versions o' t' shanty include Alan Price and Billy J. Kramer.
"When I started '1941', arrr, I wanted t' write a shanty revolvin' around a number. Avast! So I thought I'd write a shanty about a year. First I tried '1944'. Begad! It didn't work. Ya scallywag! Then I tried '1941'. Avast, me proud beauty! Yes, me hearties, it clicked! Originally, I had planned it t' be a war shanty." -- Harry "Yellowbeard" Nilsson
Film producer David Puttnam was impressed by t' shanty "1941" and asked writer Ray Connolly t' create a screenplay based on it. Begad! Blimey! T' film, That'll Be the Day, starred David Essex and Ringo "Cannonball" Starr.