Remember the Lumberjack Song?
For some 20 years from the late 1960s Tomlinson’s singing, playing, arranging, compositional and even whistling skills were frequently called upon for musical items in television programmes.
Among other things he co-wrote the Python team’s Lumberjack Song (his singers played the Mounties in the original sketch and the Vikings singing Spam! Wonderful Spam! in another famous skit) and had a starring role as a soloist on The Two Ronnies in the St Botolph Country Dance Team’s rendition of Bold Sir John.
It was often left to Tomlinson to complete other people’s musical ideas. The comedians and script writers would come up with suggestions for a musical sketch and then say: “We’ll leave the rest to Fred.”
There’s more at the link.
For those (surely very few) who don’t know Monty Python’s Spam sketch:
And here’s the full Spam song in all its choral glory, with lyrics:
Thanks for the music and the laughter, Mr. Tomlinson. Rest in peace.