Time for some comedy.
Tom Lehrer is a singer-songwriter, satirist, pianist and mathematician from the USA. He was born in Manhattan and studied mathematics at Harvard University and, while still studying, he started singing his humourous songs in local nightclubs. As the live performances were becoming quite popular, Lehrer decided to buy some studio time and record an album of his songs which he published himself. He sold the record himself, and a few local record shops also sold copies. After a short time he started to receive mail orders for the album from all over the country, as people who had bought the album were playing it to their friends and the friends then wanted their own copies. His 2nd album was recorded in 2 different versions, a 'live' version and a studio version, this proved to be just as popular. During the 1960s he was the resident songwriter for the US edition of the satirical TV series That Was The Week That Was, with the songs being sung by a female vocalist and they were often censored by the TV Network. Lehrer later recorded the songs in the way that they had been intended and this became his 3rd, and final, album. He also recorded 10 children's songs for the PBS series The Electric Company. In the 1970s Lehrer gave up performing to concentrate on teaching mathematics and musical theatre, ending his career in 2001 at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The Elements was originally released on the 1959 live album An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer and on the studio album More of Tom Lehrer in the same year. It is a listing of the elements of the periodic table to the tune of the Major-General’s Song from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance. As the song was written in 1959 it only lists the first 102 elements which was all that were known at the time. On 12 November, 2010 Daniel Radcliffe, best known for portraying Harry Potter in films, performed the song on The Graham Norton Show, this version is a mashup of that performance with a live performance from Tom Lehrer, forming a duet that improves on both versions, and it contains the lyrics as captions so that you can sing along.
You can follow Tom Lehrer on his fan site, and on the YouTube channel dedicated to him. You can buy his music on iTunes.