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I Want To Sing In Opera

My grandfather, pictured here in the middle of France in the First World War, had a good sense of humour, a fine voice and sang in the music halls. But, so far as I’m aware, had absolutely no ambition regarding … Continue reading

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Lucky Jim

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

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Have A Bit Of Pity On The Crooner

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

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Down The Road

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

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The Night I Appeared As Macbeth

Words & music by William Hargreaves 1919 There’s more about the music hall and this album in Albums 6 of the menu bar.

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‘Arry, ‘Arry, ‘Arry

Words & music Fred? Murray, Alfred? Lee & George Le Brunn 1902 There’s more about the music hall and this album in Albums 6 of the menu bar.

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Granny’s Old Armchair

Eliza Cook 1838, adapted by John Read 1871 and others, including folk tradition later. There’s more about the music hall and this album in Albums 6 of the menu bar.

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My Old Dutch

Words & music by Albert Chevalier & Charles Ingle 1892 Dutch is dated Cockney rhyming slang for wife. (Duchess of Fife) Albums 6 above has more about this song and the music halls.

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The Rest Of The Day’s Your Own

Words & music by Worton David & J P Long 1915 There’s more about the music hall and this album in Albums 6 of the menu bar.

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Strolling Through The Park

Words & music Ed Haley 1884 If ever you have to record a whistling song it is better to do so before having a front tooth removed. I’m only glad no one was watching me struggle to keep my mouth airtight so … Continue reading

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