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Stanley Holloway
Young Albert and Old Sam (VAR27)

Stanley Holloway first appeared in "The Co-Optimists" and made some recordings as part of this Concert Party. The tracks on this CD date from a slightly later period and feature the two characters which he made famous - Sam Small and Albert Ramsbottom.

Marriott Edgar, created the character of Albert Ramsbottom. A press report, detailing the mauling of a young boy at London Zoo, had caught his attention. By changing the venue to Blackpool, it was possible to inject some northern humour into the story and thus “The Lion and Albert” was born.

Stanley Holloway's monologues had large record sales during the 1930s, and the figure of Young Albert swallowed by the Lion crept into the National Consciousness - the monologue Albert and his Savings was used during the Second World War to promote National Savings.

Sam Small who famously refused to pick up his musket also feature in a rare recording Sam Small at Westminster which Stanley Holloway used to promote the election of the National Government.

Track Listing

The Lion and Albert
Albert Comes Back
Albert and the 'Eadsman
Albert Evacuated
Albert and His Savings
With her head tucked underneath her arm
The Beefeater
Brahn Boots
Old Sam - Pick Up Tha' Musket
Old Sam - 'Alt! Who goes theer?
Old Sam - Beat the retreat on Thy Drum
Old Sam - One each A-piece all round
Sam's Medal
Old Sam's Party
Marksman Sam
Sam's Xmas Pudding
Sam goes to it
Sam Small at Westminster

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