Tubby The Tuba

This Disney LP from the early 70’s may bring some childhood memories to you all for Tubby The Tuba had a tough tale to tell!

Tubby The Tuba

Tubby The Tuba LP

The story told via the 2 sides of the LP is about Tubby, a tuba in an orchestra who is fed up with playing the same two notes all the time and follows his adventures as he goes in search of a real melody to play for once in his life.

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Tubbys journey is full of sorrow, disappointment and yet more disappointment along the way. Just as soon as you think, OK enough now, whens the happy part coming? Something sad happens again. There is a token happy ending however which is quite unconvincing.

Tubby does have depth to his character and I suppose does act in a realistic way during his tough tuba life. He is very believable and we are led to feel genuine pity for him.

This is all told during a narration linking each song so in effect its a musical and some of the songs are pleasant and humble. Dick van Dyke voice overs for Tubby in a real Disney fashion.

Tubby The Tuba LP Details:

Walt Disney Presents the Musical Story of TUBBY THE TUBA
Narrated by ANNETTE Tuba – John Thomas Johnson
Label: DISNEYLAND
Genre: MIX TOOLS
Item Number: MR226762
Release Country: UK
Release Date: 1970-01-01 00:00:00
INCLUDES SONGS FROM SWORD IN THE STONE

2 thoughts on “Tubby The Tuba

  1. There were other versions of “The Tubby The Tuba”Story that were recorded and produced for kids..Danny Kaye did his version for “Decca Records”,Sonny Fox did his version for”Simon Says”Records,Johnny Andrews did his version for “Peter Pan”Records,Chubby Jackson did his version for “ABC/Paramount”Records,Victory Jory(Who would later narrate The George Pal “Puppetoon”version of the story)did his version for”Cosmo Records” and Paul Tripp(The co-creator of “Tubby”)did his own recorded interpretation of the tale for”Golden Records”.

  2. Ah ”Golden Records”. – that does ring a bell

    I just found the lyriks for the Tubby the tuba’s melody

    There once was a band, best in the land
    Everybody said oh my, they’re grand
    But oh, how they laughed when the tuba went by
    With an oompah pah, and a great big sigh
    Tubby the tuba puffing away never had a tune to play
    Always dreamed he’d sing a song instead of puffing all day long
    With his oompah, oom pah pah, oom pah, oompah pah pah
    Tubby said oh, gosh oh, gee, wish I had a melody
    I’d be better off I know if I didn’t have to blow
    This oompah, oom pah pah, oompah, oom pah pah
    Then a friendly frog came by and said now Tubby don’t you cry
    Take my bullfrog serenade and you’ll be the star of the big parade
    Tubby sang the song so grand, now he’s leader of the band
    He’s as famous as can be with Tubby the tuba’s melody
    Then a friendly frog came by and said now Tubby don’t you cry
    Take my bullfrog serenade and you’ll be the star of the big parade
    Tubby sang the song so grand, now he’s leader of the band
    He’s as famous as can be with Tubby the tuba’s melody
    Tubby the tuba’s melody

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