Thursday, May 20, 2010

Music Hall To Variety Vol. 3


This is a great LP of old Music Hall songs from the early part of the last century. I have managed to collect all three volumes from various flea markets and bootsales over the years. The third Volume contains some droll comedy sketches which have dated rather badly but also some novelty song gems like Mary From The Dairy by Max Miller and Under The Bed by Nellie Wallace.

"Surviving recordings make it clear that few music hall stars had good voices. Like their vaudeville counterparts in the U.S., their primary qualifications were energy and personality. The best music hall performers had both in abundance. Marie Lloyd (seen at left) was one of the most beloved music hall stars. Her stage humor ranged from the wholesome to the risqué. If her trademark parasol failed to open, she would quip, "I haven't had it up for ages." One of her songs was "She Sits Among Her Cabbages and Peas" – a title that sounds less innocent than it looks. Lloyd always adapted her act to the audience at hand, winning almost universal affection. Playwright and poet T. S. Eliot explained her appeal this way –

No other comedian succeeded so well in giving expression to the life of the music hall audience, raising it to a kind of art. It was, I think, this capacity for expressing the soul of the people that made Marie Lloyd unique.
- Selected Essays by T. S. Eliot, Faber and Faber, London, 1941

After World War I, food service disappeared from the music halls, and traditional theatre seating replaced the old benches and tables. But there was still plenty of beer! Performers faced more concentrated scrutiny, which only strengthened the popularity of favorites like comic singers Florrie Forde, George Robey and Harry Champion. Most performers preferred songs with simple repetitive refrains that were easy for audiences to remember and sing along with. "

Find out more about the music hall HERE.



Gracie Fields - Rochdale Hounds

Tessie O'Shea - Two Ton Tessie

Ronald Frankau - I'd Like To Have A Honeymoon With Her

4 comments:

Uncle Bernard K.D. said...

Wonderful. Thanks.
Have you put up any tracks from the other two volumes?
I'd love to hear the Nellie Walace song and of course anything from Marie Lloyd.

wastedpapiers said...

Thanks Uncle B. Yes, I did uplaod some tracks from Vol. 1 some months ago but fear they may have elapsed now. I will try and find time to do them again soon.

Anonymous said...

This is great so any more would be welcome
As already mentioned the other two volumes would be interesting as well
Ta.

wastedpapiers said...

Thanks for the comment and the reminder . I will try and find either today and upload a side. I cant promise anything though as my collection is all over the place!