A compilation of some of the most famous coster and cockney singers. Cockneys, as popularly defined, were born within the sound of Bow Bells. However the sound of Cockney speech spread around London way beyond this narrow definition. Albert Chevalier, known as "The Coster's Laureate" had studied his subject in the streets and as a character actor produced some of the best loved songs of this genre including "My old Dutch" and "The Future Mrs. Hawkins". Sadly Kate Carney, the coster comedienne, recorded very few songs, but we are pleased to include three on this Album. Gus Elen is featured with five songs including the rare "If I were King of England" and alternative versions from CDR2 of "The Golden Dustman" and "‘E dunno where ‘E are." If you have never heard Fred Earle, then you are in for a treat. The son of songwriter Joseph Tabrar, his characterisations are hilarious and generally suggestive. The full Album contains 22 Tracks, being recorded between 1898 and 1935.
Cockneys & Costers Album (Download)
Nellie Wallace was billed as “The Essence of Eccentricity”. The Album contains all her issued recordings. Her character was of an eccentric spinster with appalling dress sense. She had a wide repertoire of excellent songs. These include the famous "Under the bed" where our hero searches in vain for a man under the bed, and the risque "Three times a day". In additon to Nellie Wallace, the Album features the demure Maidie Scott (shown here on the Album cover) who specialised in the “musical monologue”. The songs all tell a story, often with a twist at the end. The Album contains 22 Tracks, being recorded between 1912 and 1936.
Nellie Wallace & Maidie Scott - Album (Download) - Mother's Advice
George Robey created many comedy characters, including The Prehistoric Man, The Mayor of Mudcumdyke and The Pro’s Landlady which are all featured on this Album. When not dressed as one of these characters, George Robey often appeared in seedy clerical attire with a shabby flat bowler hat, cane and darkened eyebrows. Although George Robey was accused of being vulgar, he insisted that it was honest vulgarity and always maintained an air of pained and outraged dignity. The Album contains 21 Tracks, a mixture of songs and monologues by George Robey, being recorded between 1902 and 1934.
George Robey - Album (Download) - The Prime mInister of Mirth
Although in her younger days Lily Morris was famous as a principal boy in pantomine, it is for the songs she sang in the 1920s that she is remembered today. Her diction was perfect so that every word can be heard. This is the stuff of the halls - homely, tuneful songs, with irresistible join-in-choruses, and full of human nature. Included here are some of the rarer Pathe recordings as well as all her most famous songs. She is remembered today as a singer with a big personality and a voice to match. In 1925 she visited America where she stopped the show at the New York Hippodrome with so many encores that she had to make a little curtain speech. An eye witness at the time reported: “every word and syllable she utters is a joy to the ear.” The Album contains 25 Tracks, being recorded between 1919 and 1931
Lily Morris - Album (Download) - Why am I always the Bridesmaid
This Album celebrates two famous artists who shared the same first names. Their styles could not have been more different. Vesta Victoria played the part of a girl whose love affairs often go wrong. Vesta Tilley (known as The London Idol) is famous to this day as a male impersonator. This Album includes many of their famous songs.
Vesta Victoria and Vesta Tilley - Album (Download) -The Vesta Box
This Album makes an ideal present for both the music hall enthusiast, or anyone tired of modern "entertainment" who wants to discover what amused Christmas revellers in the early part of the 20th Century. The Album takes us on a journey through the Christmas Celebrations, from the first preparations of Jack Pleasants who is "Learning a song for Christmas" to Will Fyffe's New Year, by way of Max Miller's Christmas Dinner. There are songs, recitations, visits to the pantomime and ghost stories, all recorded between 1907 and 1931.
The Jovial Christmas - Album (Download)
Whit Cunliffe was a popular light comedian who was at the height of his success just prior to the First World War. Many of Whit Cunliffe's songs featured "Girls" in the Titles; indeed one is called "They won't let me sing about the girls" Nevertheless, he does. Other songs had topical or political references which make them fascinating today. A total of 23 tracks by Whit Cunliffe, all recorded between 1910 and 1915.
Whit Cunliffe - Album (Download) - Tight Skirts have got to go