1920’s swells Cheeky and Charming Charlie spread mirth and music under the auspices of the charity music in hospitals. Goodness gracious me – Charlie gets the blonde !
The kazoo is a wind instrument which adds a “buzzing” timbral quality to a player’s voice when the player vocalizes into it. The kazoo is a type of mirliton, which is a membranophone – a device which modifies the sound of a person’s voice by way of a vibrating membrane.
“Kazoo” was the name given by Warren Herbert Frost to his invention in Patent #270,543 issued on January 9, 1883. In the text of the patent he refers to it as “This instrument or toy, to which I propose to give the name ‘kazoo’ “. This first kazoo was not the familiar “submarine” shape. It hardly ever used in western classical music.