“Moldy Old Dough” is an instrumental single written by Nigel Fletcher and Rob Woodward and first produced by them under the name of their other band, Stavely Makepeace.
Recorded in the living room of the Woodward’s Coventry townhouse, he featured his mother Hilda Woodward at the piano, in a boogie-woogie, honky-tonk, ragtime style. The only lyrics are the grunting title of “Moldy Old Dough” and “Dirty Old Man” by Fletcher. When Fletcher asked what they meant, its author, Rob Woodward, said he had no idea.
It is the only British number one single featuring a mother and son.
In early 1972, it failed on its first release. It was picked up in Belgium and used in a topical show, and became a hit there, reaching number one on the Belgian singles chart. Encouraged by this success, Decca relaunched it and, with the backing of then BBC Radio 1 DJ Noel Edmonds, eventually became a UK hit, spending four weeks at the top of the UK singles chart in October 1972. 790,000 copies were sold. In New Zealand, the song was number one for five weeks. The song also reached number one in Ireland and reached the Top 10 in Canada and Australia, but did not reach the United States.
“Moldy Old Dough” is an adaptation of the 1920 jazz phrase, “vo-de-o-do” became the second best-selling UK single of the year, behind The Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards ‘bagpipe version of “Amazing Grace”.
It was strange. In November 1972, two Coventry recordings both reached No one in the NME singles charts. NME Lieutenant Pigeon’s instrumental Mouldy Old Dough reached No 1 October 14th 1972 and remained there for an amazing four weeks until 4th November. At the end of November Chuck Berry’s single,…
“Mouldy Old Dough” is an instrumental single, which was a hit for Lieutenant Pigeon. It was written by Nigel Fletcher and Rob Woodward and first produced by them under the name of their other band, Stavely Makepeace. Recorded in the front room of Woodward’s Coventry semi-detached house, it featured his mother Hilda Woodward on piano, in a boogie-woogie, honky-tonk, ragtime style.
Lieutenant Pigeon are an English novelty musical group popular in the early 1970s, originating from Coventry. A spin-off from an experimental music band Stavely Makepeace, the group was fronted by Rob Woodward and managed by him and drummer Nigel Fletcher. Other members included bassist Stephen Johnson.
Many combinations of family relations have topped the UK singles chart.
Peak Month: December 1972 8 weeks on Vancouver’s CKLG’s chart Peak Position #3 Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart YouTube.com link: ” Mouldy Old Dough ” Both Rob Woodward and Nigel Fletcher had played in bands in the early 1960s, they’d even been writing songs together since 1963.