Song of the Week: Henry Burr & Albert Campbell, The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1913)

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I adore the popular songs of the beginning of the 20th century, whether English, French, or American. (There’s probably a great deal more from the rest of the world, with regard to which I must alas plead shameful ignorance.) Some of the songs from America’s ‘Gilded Age’ are especially engaging and memorable, in particular the […]

Song of the Week: Stanley Kirkby, You Can Do A Lot Of Things At The Seaside (1912)

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I’m not sure of the date of composition of this fabulous song written and composed by Charles Ridgewell and George A. Stevens, though Mark Sheridan’s original version pre-dates Stanley Kirkby’s recording by at least (I think) a couple of years. Anyhow, posted here as Song of the Week simply because María did such a brilliantly […]

Song of the Week: Knocked ’em in the Old Kent Road

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An unusual choice this week, prompted by my having recently bought a first edition of Albert Chevalier’s 1901 memoirs, Before I Forget. Chevalier wrote this song, with music composed by his brother Charles Ingle (born Auguste Chevalier), in 1891.  It’s testimony to the songwriting genius of the Chevalier brothers that the song still sounds as […]