Elusive Butterfly was a song sung by quite a few people other than the original Bob Lind, who reached number 5 with it in 1966 (or so I have learned). Val Doonican, Petula Clark and even Dolly Parton got in on the act. And I tried to as well. I really don't know quite what made me think I might be able to play the guitar, but I decided I would like to. I don't remember if the electric guitar was being used back then, but that wasn't what I wanted. I simply wanted one of those ordinary guitars that singers strummed to provide a musical background to their singing. Mind you, I couldn't sing any better than I could play the guitar! Anyway, the Old Bat bought me a guitar and one of the songs for which I bought the music was Elusive Butterfly.
I didn't bother with lessons, thinking I could teach myself to play the instrument. Of course, I failed - apart from managing to pick out a few simple tunes. I don't remember what happened to that instrument but it must have been thrown out at some time.
Almost twenty years before the aborted attempt to learn the guitar, when I was about 9, my mother signed me up with a piano teacher. I don't know if she had dreams of me becoming a famous pianist - like Semprini. Remember him? Or Liberace? If she did have such dreams, they faded pretty quickly. She must have acquired a piano from somewhere so that I could practise between lessons and I can still remember the smell of the paraffin heater that was lit in the front room to provide (imaginary) warmth for me while I thumped the keys. What a horrible smell that was! Anyway, the lessons stopped when I was sent away to school - and by the time I came home again several months later, the piano had disappeared.
Mind you, I would love to be able to play like this: