British Music Hall
Quoting Peter Leslie quoting Genet of the New Yorker:
Music Hall was a form of theatrical life whose mummy,
embalmed by memory, is still livelier than anything that has
appeared since to take its place.
Music Hall began in the pubs when the gaffers started hiring entertainers to attract customers.
As it grew in popularity they built halls for the express purpose of entertainment.
Music Hall finally gave way to the cinema but it still lives
in occasional revivals and - ta da! - London Bobby's Dinner Show and tapes and CDs!
The picture is of Albert Chevalier and comes from the cover of his second song album, published by Reynolds & Co., London, no copyright date.
Some Entertainers of note:
Click Here for Music Hall Songs, Lyrics
First half of the 20th century and back
- Arthur Askey
- Albert Chevalier See lyric
- Harry Champion
- Tommy Cooper
- Billy Dainty
- Arthur English
- Flanagan and Allen
- George Formby, Sr. and Jr.
Web site link on exit page
- Gracie Fields
- W.C. Fields
- Will Fyfe
- Will Hayes
- Dickie Henderson
- Stanley Holloway
- Frankie Howerd
- Fred Karno
- Sir Harry Lauder
- Stan Laurel
- Dan Leno
- Marie LloydSee lyric
- Maskelyne and Devant
- Max Miller
- Vic Oliver
- Old Mother Riley
- Ella Shields
- Vesta Tilley, biography
- Wilson, Keppel and Betty
From the war years to the present
- Dame Vera Lynn
- Chas and Dave
- Tommy Steele
- Danny LaRue, link on exit page
- Roy Hudd
- Ken Dodd
- Ringo Starr
- Freddy Starr
- Max Bygraves
- Rolf Harris
- Brian Conley, link on exit page
- Norman Wisdom
- Victoria Wood
- The Two Ronnies
- Billy Connolly
- Max Boyce
- Mike Harding
- Des O'Connor
Music Hall on Radio
This will eventually be an international listing of radio programs that play British Music Hall. Here's a start:
- Calling All Britons, Radio CHWO
audible in the Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara Peninsula area.
Saturdays 5 to 7PM.
Contact: Colin Hoare, Radio CHWO,
284 Church St.,
Oakville, Ont. Canada.
Music Hall - Live
Music Hall on the Web: I shall add links as I find them, if you know any good ones please email me.
Some I found are on my exit page.
"Any Old Iron" (music by Charles Collins; lyrics by Terry Sheppard) sung by Harry Champion.
"Boiled Beef and Carrots" (Charles Collins and Fred Murray) sung by Harry Champion.
"The Boy I Love is up in the Gallery" (George Ware) sung by Nellie Power and Marie Lloyd.
"Burlington Bertie from Bow" (William Hargreaves) sung by Ella Shields.
"Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow Wow" (Joseph Tabrar) sung by Vesta Victoria.
"Daisy Bell" (Harry Dacre) sung by Katie Lawrence.
"Down at the Old Bull and Bush" (music by Harry von Tilzer; lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling) sung by Florrie Forde.
"Goodbye, Dolly Grey" (Paul Barnes; Will. D. Cobb) sung by George Lashwood.
"Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?" (C.W. Murphy and Will Letters) sung by Florrie Ford.
"Hello, Hello, Who's Your Lady Friend?" (music by Harry Fragson; lyrics by Worton David and Bert Lee) sung by Mark Sheridan.
"Hold Your Hand Out, Naughty Boy" (C.W. Murphy and Will Letters) sung by Florrie Ford.
"I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am" (1911)  (Fred Murray and Bert Weston) sung by Harry Champion.
"I Live in Trafalgar Square" (C.W. Murphy) sung by Morny Cash.
"If It Wasn't For The 'Ouses In Between" (music by George Le Brunn; lyrics by Edgar Bateman) sung by Gus Elen.
"It's a Bit of a Ruin That Cromwell Knocked About a Bit" (Harry Bedford; Terry Sullivan) sung by Marie Lloyd.
"It's a Long Way to Tipperary" (1914)  (Jack Judge and Harry Williams) sung by Florrie Forde.
"Let's All Go Down the Strand" (Harry Castling and C.W. Murphy) sung by Charles R. Whittle.
"My Old Man (Said Follow the Van)" (Charles Collins and Fred W. Leigh) sung by Marie Lloyd.
"Oh! It's a lovely war" sung by Ella Shields.
"Oh, Mr. Porter" (music by George Le Brunn; lyrics by Thomas Le Brunn) sung by Marie Lloyd.
"Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay" (Harry J. Sayers) sung by Lottie Collins.
"The Man Who Broke the Bank of Monte Carlo" (Fred Gilbert) sung by Charles Coborn.
"When Father Papered the Parlour" (Weston and Barnes) sung by Billy Williams.
"Where Did You Get That Hat?" (James Rolmaz) sung by J.C Heffron.
"Waiting At The Church"  (Henry E. Pether; Frank W. Leigh) sung by Vesta Victoria
London Bobby Entertainment
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