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Music Hall was a uniquely British form of entertainment that lasted effectively for about 75 years, finally succumbing under the onslaught of radio, movies and its own step-child, variety. Legend has it that the story began in the Canterbury pub in London's Westminster Bridge Road, when Charles Morton opened a separate room to which men could bring their wives and be entertained as they drank. The venture was so successful that, in 1854, he had a new building erected next door, which he dubbed The Surrey Music Hall. Within a few years music halls could be found throughout the length and breadth of Britain. The advent of recorded sound just as music hall was enjoying its Golden Age meant that many of the comic turns and songs were captured on cylinders and discs. The 99 remastered tracks on this 4CD set feature the famous artists and songs of the era, such as Harry Champion ("I'm Henry The Eighth", "Boiled Beef And Carrots", "Any Old Iron?"), Florrie Forde ("Down At The Old Bull And Bush", "Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?", "Hold Your Hand Out You Naughty Boy"), Mark Sheridan ("Beside The Seaside"), Marie Lloyd ("A Little Of What You Fancy"), Gertie Gitana ("Nellie Dean"), Ella Shields ("Burlington Bertie From Bow"), Eugene Stratton ("Lily Of Laguna"), Billy Williams ("When Father Papered The Parlour"). in fact it's a right ol' knees up from start to finish.


  1. Name
  2. Never Let Your Braces Dangle - Harry Champion
  3. Joshua - Clarice Mayne
  4. Captain Gingah O T - George Bastow
  5. The Grandfather's Clock - George Formby Senior
  6. A Little Bit Of Cucumber - Harry Champion
  7. Revue - Marie Lloyd
  8. Foolish Question - Ada Reeve
  9. Other Department Please - Harry Fragson
  10. Old Bull And Bush - Mark Sheridan
  11. Now I Have To Call Him Father - Vesta Victoria
  12. It's A Great Big Shame - Gus Elen
  13. If It Wasn't for the 'Ouses in Between - Gus Elen
  14. That's How This Little Girl Got On - Marie Lloyd
  15. 'Arry 'Arry 'Arry - Alec Hurley
  16. Up I Came With My Little Lot - Herbert Campbell
  17. The Bird On Nellie's Hat - Madie Scott
  18. We All Marching Home Again - Mark Sheridan
  19. You Don't Want To Keep On Showing It - Harry Champion
  20. Oh, Oh, Antonio - Florrie Forde
  21. The Coster Girl In Paris - Marie Lloyd
  22. Ginger You're Barmy! - Harry Champion
  23. Bang Went The Chance Of A Lifetime - George Robey
  24. Bread And Marmalade - Sam Mayo
  25. The Green Eye Of The Little Yellow God - Bransby Williams
  26. I'm Henry The Eighth - Harry Champion
  27. Cover It Over Quick Jemima - Harry Champion
  28. The Girls I Left Behind Me - Vesta Tilley
  29. I'll Show You Round Paree - Vesta Tilley
  30. I Wanted A Wife - Mark Sheridan
  31. One Of The Bhoys - Mark Sheridan
  32. I May Be A Millionaire - Eugene Stratton
  33. Send For John Willie - George Formby Senior
  34. Playing The Game In The West - George Formby Senior
  35. They're All Single At The Seaside - Ella Retford
  36. Molly Molloy - Ella Retford
  37. We All Go The Same Way Home - Charles Whittle
  38. Play Us Another Before You Go - Charles Whittle
  39. The Golden Dustman - Gus Elen
  40. Mrs Carter - Gus Elen
  41. The First Cigar - Louis Bradfield
  42. When I Marry Amelia - Henry Lytton
  43. Anona - Florrie Forde
  44. Riding On Top A Car - George Lashwood
  45. Me Riah - Gus Elen
  46. 'Arf A Pint Of Ale - Gus Elen
  47. The Pavement Artist - Gus Elen
  48. Twice Nightly - George Formby Senior
  49. Looking For Mugs In A Strand - George Formby Senior
  50. All Of A Sudden It Struck Me - George Formby Senior
  51. The Publican - Gus Elen
  52. The Coster's Pony - Gus Elen
  53. On the Margate Boat - Lillie Langtry
  54. No Show Tonight - Herbert Campbell
  55. Riding On A Motor Car - Vesta Victoria
  56. Dick Whittington - Gus Elen
  57. Nature's Made A Big Mistake - Gus Elen
  58. I've Got To Get Back To Work - Alf Gibson
  59. Oh Blow The Scenery On The Railway - George Lashwood
  60. It Ain't All Honey And It Ain't All Jam - Vesta Victoria
  61. Don't Stop My 'Alf A Pint O'Beer - Gus Elen
  62. I'm Going To Settle Down - Gus Elen
  63. Pretty Little Villa Down At Barking - Gus Elen
  64. John Willie's Ragtime Band - George Formby Senior
  65. John Willie's Jazz Band - George Formby Senior
  66. Sleuthy Dread Of The Heads - Harry Weldon
  67. Billy - Beth Tate
  68. Woman's Opinion Of Man - Marie Lloyd
  69. Molly O'Morgan - Ella Retford
  70. Beside The Seaside - Mark Sheridan
  71. In The Good Old Summer Time - Julia McKay
  72. Silver Bell - Gertie Gitana
  73. Medley: I'm Henry The Eight / Cover It Over Quick Jemima / The End Of My Old Cigar / The Old Red Lio
  74. The Trumpet Song - Sam Mayo
  75. Wait Till the Work Comes Round - Gus Elen
  76. You Can't Help Laughin' Can Yer? - Harry Champion
  77. Little Dolly Daydream - Eugene Stratton
  78. Never Introduce Your Donah To A Pal - Gus Elen
  79. Wotcher My Old Brown Son - Harry Champion
  80. Who Were You With Last Night - Mark Sheridan
  81. Down at the Old Bull and Bush - Florrie Forde
  82. Hello Hello Who's Your Lady Friend - Harry Fragson
  83. A Little of What You Fancy - Marie Lloyd
  84. Jolly Good Luck to the Girl Who Loves a Soldier - Vesta Tilley
  85. Burlington Bertie from Bow - Ella Shields
  86. Nellie Dean - Gertie Gitana
  87. Every Little Movement - Marie Lloyd
  88. Lily of Laguna - Eugene Stratton
  89. The Whistling Bowery Boy - Albert Whelan
  90. Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly? - Florrie Forde
  91. When I Took My Morning Promenade - Marie Lloyd
  92. Archibald Certainly Not - George Robey
  93. When Father Papered the Parlour - Billy Williams
  94. Hold Your Hand Out You Naughty Boy - Florrie Forde
  95. Any Old Iron? - Harry Champion
  96. I'm Getting Ready For My Mother-In-Law - Harry Champion
  97. Down the Road - Gus Elen
  98. Boiled Beef And Carrots - Harry Champion
  99. The Honeysuckle and the Bee - Belle Davis
  100. I'll Be Your Sweetheart - Lil Hawthorne
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