Way Out in Piccadilly

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Delia's experimental piece in 11/8 time, Way Out in Piccadilly, was later issued on record as Way Out. Some of her notes are on the back of an envelope dated 24th Oct 1966.[1]

There seem to be two versions:

Cilla Black and Frankie Howerd in 1966

Now let us go back to the last fifties, early sixties. Dave Brubeck had done "Take Five" and in '61 he'd done "It's a Raggy Waltz" so - that was in seven time - so I thought "Fine! I'm into the numbers game. I'll do eleven time and thirteen time", continuing the series of prime numbers. But unfortunately that style, I was told, was "too sophisticated for the BBC2 audience" and so, as I was doing it, the choreographer Vin Davies happened to be walking down the corridor and his feet started tapping and he said "I want that!" and I said "No, you can't! I've done it for the BBC." And so he implored me to do something in the same style, in eleven time and thirteen time, for his dance group, which I did. In fact it was the Frankie Howerd and Cilla Black show it was originally done for, but it had to be scrapped from that because they did the stupid thing of putting this rather delicate music as an opener to the second act. [...] A friend told me that by one means or another it ended up as a backing for a deodorant commercial on television which is something of course we were absolutely forbidden to do but it was nothing of my doing. It was rejected by BBC2 and there it was on the commercial.
   -- Delia in the Radio Scotland interview

An episode of the BBC series "Cilla", entitled "Cilla Black and Frankie Howerd" was broadcast on the 31 December 1968[2] though some of Delia's notes for Way Out are on the back of an envelope dated over two years earlier.[3] while the first episode of the series Cilla was broadcast on the 20th January 1968.[4]

There is more about the Black/Howerd show on overtures.org.uk


DD091357 lists six makeup tracks or sounds:

  • Guitar
  • Rhythm
  • Bubble
  • Blooming notes
  • Syrup
  • Syrup reinfs. [reinforcements?] (po. type) [?]



Way Out - Spectrogram.jpg



  1. DD091236: An envelope dated 24th Oct 1966
  2. "Cilla", series 2 episode 2: "Cilla Black and Frankie Howerd"
  3. DD091244: Delia's notes for Way Out, on the back of an envelope dated 24th Oct 1966
  4. The episode list for Cilla on imdb.com