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The Colonel Bogey March is a March written by Lieutenant F.J. Ricketts in 1914. Ricketts published the song under his pseudonym Kenneth Alford, because in the time that Ricketts his music pieces composed the not was encouraged that within the army loved recordings, another career. For the melody of the Colonel Bogey March Ricketts was probably inspired by an officer who played golf and the two tones of the minor third down whistled, characteristic element in this melody, instead of calling fore! .
The Colonel Bogey March was a great success, was included and was many times the authorized March of The King's Own Calgary Regiment , among others (RCAC) of the Canadian forces. There were many written texts, both serious as oblique; one of the best known, used during theSecond World War, was Hitler has only one ball.
The March of Ricketts was used for the film The Bridge on The River Kwai (1957), a film that took place during World War II. The March was whistled by soldiers as they entered a prisoner-of-war camp . Composer Malcolm Arnold wrote a against mars, the River Kwai-Mars, who returned several times in the film . As a result, the Colonel Bogey March often mistaken for the River Kwai March. The Colonel Bogey March is also commonly used in other movies, as for instance in the television series Doctor Who, Friends and The Benny Hill Show.