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Category Archives: Music hall song
The original version of this witty product of the Music Halls era, to which I added several lines, a tune and a happy ending, was originally performed, and perhaps written, by Arthur Lloyd 1840 – 1904.
Written by Charles Horwitz & Frederick Bowers in 1896, Lucky Jim was a little-known song until the oft-repeated chorus was heard in the 1957 film of Kingsley Amis’s 1954 novel, though the song tells a completely different story.
The words & music of this rather clever song are by C S Murphy 1902. It had a brief revival in the folk clubs of the late sixties, when I learned it. I once sang in Trafalgar Square perched on the … Continue reading
Written by Charles Horwitz & Frederick Bowers in 1896, Lucky Jim was a little-known song until it was heard in the 1957 film of Kingsley Amis’s 1954 novel. Unfortunately book and film quote only the chorus. Here we have the rather subtle … Continue reading
The music halls of the 1930’s, 40s and 50’s had increasing competition from the latest singing stars and American films portraying a more exciting world very different from tired, dreary, hard-up Britain. At a time when ‘crooners’ such as Bing Crosby were particularly … Continue reading
Words & music by Fred Gilbert 1893 swag = money; jimmies = guineas (£1 and 1 shilling); sovereign = a gold coin worth £1; cob = short legged strongly built horse; dance = race. There’s more about the music hall and … Continue reading
Words & music by William Hargreaves 1919 There’s more about the music hall and this album in Albums 6 of the menu bar.