Wednesday, September 2, 2009


I thought it was only the world today that had gone right round the twist!
But here's the tale of a Gigolo no woman could resist.
No man could resist him, either, which made him a busy man.
It must have been an exciting case of 'Catch me if you can'!
Leslie Hutchinson, 'Hutch' to his friends, was born in a very small town
On the island of Granada, where boredom got him down.
In nineteen sixteen, as a boy, a piano prodigy,
He headed straight for Harlem to see what he could see.
His father cut off his allowance and so he was destitute,
Until the wealthy found him and the friendships with them bore fruit.
He knew the Vanderbilts very well and many players of jazz
And his sex-life began to flourish with lots of razzamatazz!
In '24, in Paris, Cole Porter fell for his charms
For he was equally cosy in male or female arms!
He moved on to Ivor Novello, a British musical writer
And then it was off to Merle Oberon, promising to delight her!
His voice, they say, was melodious, with a deep dark velvet tone;
Jessie Matthews taught him how to perform, using a microphone.
He soon became the toast of the town, the owner of a Rolls-Royce,
Earned, no doubt, with something more than his quite outstanding voice!
He bought a house in Mayfair, and many smart suits with tails,
And he was on very friendly terms with his Highness the Prince of Wales.
Yet still he was a black man, and, in those dark days of yore,
He had to enter buildings using the servants' door!
He had an affair with a debutante, who later bore a child,
When she told her husband 'It might be black' he went absolutely wild!
But Lady Edwina Mountbatten was the lover most well-known;
Her husband was Viceroy of India, as history has shown.
She showered 'Hutch' with expensive gifts like a ring with a royal crest!
And all he did for gifts like that was ....well.....just do his best!
But, finally, scandal dragged him down. By the middle of the century
He was overweight and bloated; not the god he used to be.
As years went by he had to accept the constraints of a penniless life.
The 'housekeeper' buried in a pauper's grave turned-out to be his wife!
Only forty came to his funeral; Mountbatten paid for his grave.
Gone was all the razzamatazz that the Gigolo used to crave.
So, when you hear of scandals every day, in the purple press.
Remember! Things haven't changed much!
Human-beings are still a mess!
More scandal here: 


Quilly said...

You are the Queen of Innuendo! I understood this poem very well from all the things you didn't say!

This was a wonderful read.

Mara said...

Brilliant! And a great G!

Rose said...

Thanks for a fascinating story, told only as you can tell it, Brenda! I think the last lines are the best--some things just never change:)

Roger Owen Green said...

just a gigolo, an old David Lee Roth song (and it was old when he sang it) came to mind. Great story.

jay said...

Gosh .. what a coincidence! I'd never heard of him, until fairly recently, when Mum was talking about her childhood. Apparently, my grandmother kept a theatrical boarding house in Norwich, and one time when Mum was nine years old, she was staying with her for a few days, and was invited to play a duet with a musician who was staying there. She was very nervous because she'd never met a black man before, but she agreed, and they played 'The Little Flower Girl'. She said she remembered him as being very dapper, and courteous, and that he smelled nice!

Amazing who you meet on ABC Wednesday, huh? Sorry it took me a while to post but I had to go dig for the family tree records to check I'd remembered his name right, and I had. 'Hutch' - Leslie Hutchinson!

Kat said...

And all he did for gifts like that was ....well.....just do his best! Was laughing reading that innocent looking line.

Jeez... the poem sounded a scoop..!!!