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June 28, 2016



The signature tune of Gertie Gitana

was the famous ‘Nellie Dean’.

She came from Longport, Stoke on Trent,

setting the 1907 scene.


Later, Wilson, Keppel and Betty

were strutting their stuff in 1933,

and ‘Mary From The Dairy’ by Max Miller,

also in this 30’s spree.


‘Your Baby Has Gone Down The Plughole’

came from a writer unknown.

And ‘Busy Busy Bee’ sung Arthur Askey,

who was one of Liverpool’s own.


Florrie Forde sang ‘Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly’.

‘Goodbye Dolly Grey’ by George Lashwood, next.

Vesta Victoria, ‘Waiting At The Church’ sang,

‘Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me A Bow-Wow’, feeling vexed.


‘Any Old Iron’ sang Harry Champion,

and of course,  ‘I’m Henry The 8th I Am’.

He also sang ‘Boiled Beef And Carrots’,

long before the invention of spam!


‘I Do Like To Be Beside The Sea-Side’, and

‘Hello, Hello, Who’s Your Lady Friend’;

both these songs from Mark Sheridan,

continuing this joyful trend.


‘It’s A Long Way To Tipperary’ by Florrie Forde

and ‘Hold Your Hand Out You Naughty Boy’ –

And ‘Down At The Old Bull & Bush’

always guaranteed to fill hearts with joy.


‘The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo’;

a hit for Charles Coburn around 1922?

after ‘When Father Papered The Parlour’

by Billy Williams, with his Australian view.


‘If You Were The Only Girl In The World’,

saw George Robey, pledging love to stay.

Whilst, the signature tune of Lottie Collins –

was ‘Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay’.


Nostalgia, the name of the game,

in early TV days of The Old Music Hall.

With Leonard Sachs centre stage,

our families sure had a Ball.


He introduced the all-time favorites,

and up would come a loud cheer.

His vocabulary, so exquisite –

words I couldn’t attempt – no fear!


The likes of Jewel and Warris;

who were 1st cousins too.

And Tommy Trinder and Ted Ray

just to name a few.


And little Hylda Baker, who came

from Farnworth’s Plodder Lane,

with her side-kick, Big Cynthia,

who gave her so much pain.


Which brings me back to Max Miller

who got the loudest roar of the day;

with ‘Confessions of a Cheeky Chappie’ –

What more is there to say? 











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