Sunday, July 29, 2007

Albert Whelan

Some scratchy old 78's dubbed to minidisc here courtesy of Angel Radio who kindly sent me these when I was searching for novelty songs a few years back. There have been a few versions of Barnacle BIll The Sailor and this is one of the best despite the pops and crackles.

"Albert Whelan, Florrie Forde, and Billy Williams were the three most famous Australians who graced the stage of the British Music Hall. Born in Melbourne, Whelan first made a name for himself entertaining the miners in the goldfields of Western Australia. Emigrating to Britain, he debuted as a “scarecrow” dancer at the Empire Theatre, Leicester Square, but his versatile talents soon led him to singing and piano playing. Whelan invented the “signature tune,” and always came on stage whistling a waltz from Die Lustige BrĂ¼der [The Jolly Brothers]. Music Hall historian W. Macqueen-Pope (1950, 374) describes Whelan as having “an individual style which defies imitation, because it comes from his own inherent talent; he has, too, that perfect clarity of diction which was such a feature of Music Hall."

You can find a CD of Albert Whelan at Windyridge Records.

Albert Whelan - Barnacle Bill The Sailor

Albert Whelan - In My Bell Bottom Trousers

Albert Whelan - Oh Sailor Behave

Albert Whelan - We All Go Oo Ha Ha Together

These SendSpace files are available for seven days or until exhausted.


Luis said...

I thank you for these Albert Whelan records.

This music and the singing deserves a better sound, so I cleaned three of your four tracks (except Barnacle Bill, too damaged)

You can downlod these tracks from here:

Ha Ha Together

Oh, Sailor

Bell Bottom

All the best


wastedpapiers said...

Thanks for cleaning these up luis. You obviously have more patience than me!

Gregory "Joseph" Stone said...

Having only just gone 'broadband' I've only just discovered the wonderous world of muisc blogs, and where should my travels take me? here!


Gregory "Joseph" Stone said...

by the way, it's me, Joe Decie.

wastedpapiers said...

Hi Joe- nice of you to drop by. Broadband is a must with all these music blogs to get round. Good hunting!

Matt said...

What a shame I wasn't searching the net for info on my grandfather last year :-(

Any way of grabbing these tracks at this point?

wastedpapiers said...

Thanks for dropping by Matt. I will try and uplaod some more Albert Whelan soon if I can find them again.

Matt said...

Thanks for that! Luis has also been very helpful with his collection (thanks again Luis).

-Matt Whelan