Sunday, November 12, 2006


Not a boot sale find ( they are a bit thin on the ground just lately ) but I promised some tracks by G.H. Elliott to a friend who asked if i had any and searching through my old cassette tapes found several that had been dubbed from various sources from 1912 up until the 50's. The recording above is from a radio show- one of the last he made I imagine ,singing " I Used To Sigh For The Silvery Moon" which was his theme song.

"G.H. Elliott was one of Britain’s best-loved blackface entertainers in the days before such things became unthinkable. He was, like Gracie Fields, born in Rochdale, Lancashire, and as a child was taken to the United States, where he learned his craft with the Primrose West Minstrels (Gammond 1991, 176). He was elegant and sophisticated — Peter Honri (1974, 20) relates that, in blacking up, he always used champagne corks. Music Hall historian W. Macqueen-Pope (1950, 163) calls him “the nearest approach to the wonderful Eugene Stratton the Halls ever knew” (although S. Theodore Felstead accords that accolade to another blackface performer, Dubliner Tom E. Finglass). Among the songs particularly associated with him are Idaho, I Used To Sigh For The Silvery Moon, and Sue, Sue, Sue. Elliott’s long career carried him well into the 1940s." He died in 1962.

Discover more about G.H. Elliott HERE.

G.H.Elliott - The Ghost Of The Yodelling Coon

G.H.Elliott - Up With The Lark

G.H.Elliott - Little Dolly Daydream

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