The first three sections list corrections, additions and amendments to the original hardback edition of January 1999 and the softback edition published the following autumn. Subsequent sections list Artistes either not substantively entered or not mentioned at all in either edition. Names in capital letters have substantive entries in the 1999 editions.
p.13 delete reference to Rusty Warren
||In the programme
for the 1938 Royal Variety Performance
these artistes are billed as Conversational
2001. Par 4:
Another Monarch was Jimmy Prescott, replaced in 1961
by David Conway.
d.o.b. should be 1905. Cedric Monarch d. Jan
Jacques Inaudi d. 10 Nov 1950
The final line
read: Also named for Roscius were Louis Aldrich
Ohio Roscius, Master WILLIAM BETTY, Stanislaus
Calhaem (fl1838-40s) Infant Roscius, Master
William Lunt (fl1860s) Young
Roscius, and SAM COWELL.
should now read:
pp327-8 Old Drury Lane Vol II by Edward Stirling
Covent Garden Theatre, built 1808, opened 1809, from designs of Sir R. Smirke, at a cost of £150,000, was totally destroyed by fire in 1856. Lessee, the Wizard of the North - Anderson. This extraordinary man had travelled all over the known globe, seeking adventure and gold. A fatality attended his theatrical enterprises; every theatre that he rented was burnt down - Glasgow, Liverpool, Covent Garden. Was this a conjuror's trick, or chance? a question still unanswered. Strange to relate, the destruction of his theatres never occurred in the pantomime season, always after. Suffice it, the Wizard tried many schemes of legerdemain, but it was always out of fashion; rivals had exhibited `sleight of hand' in a new style, `without collusion'. The last time I saw Anderson was at the Railway Hotel, Liverpool, and the Claimant of the Tichborne estates was with him, hatching conjuring tricks for Westminster Hall. It is a curious coincidence that the Australian witness, Jean Luie, appeared on the scene a short time after this meeting in Liverpool. Aztec children, talking fish (a la Barnum), and acting Rob Roy, filled up our Wizard's leisure hours, quite apart from his nightly magic. Anderson died poor, as he commenced.
delete dates after his name
ANIMAL & BIRD ACTS
Fred Bithell. add: From 1897-1902 with LOMAS TROUPE.
Leoni Clarke. At the Argyle, Birkenhead, for the week commencing 1 October 1900 Clarke presented 170 Cats, Rats, Canaries, Cockatoos, Rabbits & Monkeys. He also showed his celebrated Boxing Kangaroo `Introduced by Dick Landerman'.
|ATLAS & VULCANA
||Replace entire entry with:
ATLAS & VULCANA (fl1890-late 1920s)
King and Queen of Athletes
Kate Williams (1875-1946) The Champion Lady Athlete of the World met William Hedley Roberts (1864-1946) Society Athlete at the lady's gymnasium he had established in Abergavenny, South Wales. Despite a union which produced six children these two magnificent physical specimens lived together for over fifty years without troubling the parson.
Other carriage-trade favourites were The Pantzer Brothers (fl1900s-1920s) Society Acrobats and Equilibrists, and The Great Atroy (1873-1952) Society Juggler.
ATROY, THE GREAT
|Delete this entry|
d.1944. In London's Evening News of October 31st 1910 were announced the results of a competition for the ideal Music Hall bill. Mr Austin with his Parker PC sketch was voted most popular number 11 turn.
|BAARTMAN, SAARTJE||In February 2001 it was announced that the French National Assembly had voted to return Miss Baartman's remains to her Khoisan people for decent burial in South Africa. See The Times 23 February p.19.|
see KEN PLATT
after William Henry Powles add: after his father's foster family. Married Matilda Broughton.
after Two Misleading Ladies. add: From the early 1950s Terry Gardener (1919-2000) was also teamed with Barri Chatt (d 11 November 1971) as The Pin-Up Girls of Comedy. Terry Gardener was often billed as Terri Gardner.
final paragraph and replace with: For many years the
doyenne of British
paper tearers was the legendary Miss Terri Carol
artiste of notable irascibility with whom we had the
appearing at the Weymouth Pavilion on Sunday, August
nee Catherine Mahoney in Ireland. Married Jack (John) Nicholson in Leeds 1884 as Kate Mahony (sic). A sister was called Annie Bellwood Mahoney.
COMEDY PIGEONS, BOB
||Oswald Bemand (1891-1951). A third brother, Harry Bemand, also worked a pigeon act c1920-c1953 billed as Hamilton Conrad and his Famous Pigeons.|
d.2002. Should be full-stop after Thief of Bad Gags.
and repertoire in Music Hall Studies Number Nine.
BETTY, Master WILLIAM
Two young female artistes in this line of business were Miss M. H. Carr The Celebrated Infant Roscia (fl c1830) and Adelaide Biddles The Infant Taglioni (fl1840s-50s). Maria Taglioni (1804-84) was a celebrated and much respected dancer, daughter of Italian ballet master Filippo Taglioni and a Swedish mother.
Add: See Joe Jackson infra
were a roller skating act, not cyclists.
|BLACK, JOE (1918-99)||in first sentence alter to: ...began his professional life as a juggler and tap-dancer...|
the final paragraph add: In the 1880s-90s there even
Tamamoto The Japanese Blondin.
at end insert: Also see Syd Wright (TEDDY BROWN)
after THE GREAT CARTER, add ISAAC A VAN AMBURGH
|Peter Brough died 1999. His father Arthur Brough lived 1883-1956|
|BROWN, TEDDY||Article and
repertoire in Music Hall Studies Numbers 4 and 7.
Add to end:
Another entertainer in this line, and one whom we knew and greatly admired, was Syd Wright (1929-99) A Joke at the Xylophone. Mr Wright's early years were spent as Sammy, one of ISSY BONN's Finkelfeffer Kids.
See Professor CHEER, MAY ERNE, BEBE NORMA, SID PLUMMER, REGGIE REDCLIFFE.
||His daughter was Patricia Burke (1917-2003), sparkling actress-singer.|
should be 1869, and for Paterson in first line read
|CHANG & ENG||in fourth par. after Millie-Christine add: McKoy. Delete `joined sisters' and substitute `pygopagus twins'. After `Laloo' insert 'Oudh'. In 1877 at the Canterbury Music Hall in London there appeared Lawrence The Marvellous Double-Headed Nondescript.|
|CHAPLIN, Sir CHARLES||at
end after BILLY RITCHIE add: HARRY WELDON
see below for more information on TOMMY LORNE.
|CHIRGWIN, G. H.||Used The White-Eyed Kaffir billing from 1877|
|CINQUEVALLI||b. 30 June 1859. Another Human Billiard Table was Adami fl1930s.|
and repertoire in Music
Hall Studies Number 10.
sentence should read: At some time in the 1940s Will
(1885-1958) split with Alfred Dean and took a new
partner as Collinson
& Breen. Delete last paragraph.
Year of birth should be 1921.
Year of birth should be 1847 and birth-name Frederick William Rawlinson..
repertoire in Music Hall Studies Number Eight.
DEHL TRIO, THE
RHODES & LANE
|DIXEY, PHYLLIS||Tracey should be Tracy.|
his recording of the American version of Flag of
on 25 August 1898 (Berliner E-2029) Mr Dryden has a
good claim to be
the first Music Hall artiste to record commercially.
(1887-1960) and Eddie Jackson (1896-1980)
b. 18 December 1806. His daughter Georgiana was born 28 November 1834 (or perhaps 1831); in 1858 she married Charles Card, a reporter and photographer. In his will Mr Eagle stated "I give and bequeath unto Georgiana Elizabeth Eagle my eldest daughter the sum of One hundred pounds sterling together with the whole of my conjuring apparatus to and for her sole use and benefit absolutely". In 1867, now a widow, she married Aloysius Gilliland, a 'professor of music', who died the following year. In 1888 she married Harry Pashley, a draper who was twenty-five years her junior. She died childless and was buried 10 March 1911 in Abney Park Cemetery.
||d.o.b. should be 1915. pp98-9 should read: When therefore Miss Emery dried in mid-medley and asked us what came next we could not advise. We heard a few weeks later etc., etc.|
dates should be (1865-1917)
line (p101): EMMELINE EHARDO should be EMMELINE
add: Mdlle Fleury Alphonsine (fl1890s) billed herself as Queen of the Globe and Premier Spiral Ascensionist.
|FEENEY, PAT||At end insert: See TALBOT O'FARRELL|
After 'took his own life.' add: He left £1,388.
Married to Betty Astell (1912-2005) who wrote
Marriott Edgar's bill-matter was at one time The Man in Red.
In last paragraph mention is made of Tom F. Moss - he was half-brother to JILL SUMMERS.
One was recorded for television in Hamburg in
1963, not 1971.
Miss Sophie was played by May Warden, not
Walden. The sketch was
written by Lauri Wylie, possibly in the 1920s.
In the 1970s
the tradition began for Dinner for One to be
aired on German TV on New Year's Eve, and by 2003 the
been shown 230 times. It is also transmitted in
twenty other countries from Estonia to Australia, but,
which remain obscure, not in the UK.
BROTHERS & JUANITA
d. Nov 1998
at end: Another Little Magnet was Britain's
the London Evening News reported that Miss
Gitana had been voted
popular Number 8 spot in a poll of their readers for
Programme. She started her career with
Tomkinson's Royal Gipsy
Chilldren, not Tomlinson's.
|GRAYSON, LARRY||In 1947, touring with an all-male revue called Come Peep Through My Porthole, this entry was allegedly billed as The Yes Yes Girl with the No No Eyes.|
|GREEN, HUGHIE||At the Bristol Hippodrome for the w/c 5 December 1938 this entry was Supported by his Girl Friends Sadie Corrie & Jean Ray with Douglas Tanguy at the piano.|
should be 1901
Lees, the act was established in 1847 with the
three eldest Hanlon brothers: Thomas (1835-68),
George (1839-1926), and William (1842-1923).
Younger brothers to
join the act were Alfred (1844-87), Edward
(1846-1931), and Frederick
to Tony Staveacre in his 1987 book Slapstick
(pp83-4), in 1865
Thomas suffered severe in juries in a fall from a
'human pyramid' in
which 'Bone splinters in the brain destroyed his
In 1868, he intentionally dived head-first
into an iron
and killed himself.'
Another acrobat who came to a sad end was Paul McCullough (b1884) of the celebrated US team Clark & McCullough, who in 1936 cut his throat in a Massachusett's barber's shop. Bobby Clark continued as a solo performer, dying in 1960 aged 71.
were Dick (d1905), Robert k.a. Little Bob
(1861-1907), Robert's son
Edward (b1891) - the Bob Hanlon Troupe were billed
as Eagles of the
Air. Another Hanlon-Lees at one time was
Joe Ridgeway Delaney
Griffiths Brothers. See Hanlon-Lees in The Oxford Companion
the Theatre ed. Phyllis Hartnoll (OUP, 3rd
Also in his company at various times were H. Gordon Saunders (1885-1930), Stan Fields, CHARLEY (CHARLIE?) HARVEY, Billy Nicholls, Peter Byrne, Michael Hunt and Hay's nephews Cyril Platt and Bert Platt (d1972). Mr Hay's daughter was the comedienne Gladys Hay (1909-79). The eccentric comedian Joe Pasquale was once heard to remark that going to a Water Rats Lodge meeting was like being an extra in a Will Hay film.
THE FOUR BROWNIE BOYS
should be (1909-79)
delete `we once' in first line and substitute `in September 1959 we'
full details of Ms Hooper's career email
dates should be (1885-1946)
on last line between `his' and `was' insert: `gentleman tramp act'
billed as The Little Magnet. Formerly
k.a. Daisy Martin.
See LOTTIE GILSON
and repertoire in Music
Hall Studies Number 5.
(NENA & RAF)
The final sentence we now know to be incorrect - Senor Wences (VENTRILOQUISTS) was from time to time also a bullfighter. Raf & Julian were also billed as Just Hanging Around. Julian Jover married Kitty Bluett, Ted Ray's radio wife in Ray's a Laugh.
Tom Hearn: also billed as The Emigrant Juggler
& Suma (fl1944-5 and 1951-80)
Severus Schaeffer (1867-1950)
||Article in Music
Hall Studies Number 1.
`Australian comedian' insert: (though South African
repertoire in Music
Hall Studies Number 2.
See lengthy obituary in The Independent 5 March 2001.
and repertoire in Music
Hall Studies Numbers 4 and 10.
delete `two' from `between two assistants'
her second marriage The Jersey Lily was
sometimes billed as Mrs
Langtry (Lady de Bathe).
In the last sentence the comma between The Female Lauder and The Pocket Harry Lauder should be a full-stop.
||add: Of possibly similar stripe was Louis Stone (d. 28 Jun 1972?) Upside Down Dancer.|
LAWSON, JOHN `Humanity'
Mrs John Lawson, a.k.a. Cissie Lawson, was most unkindly referred to in The Referee as The Gutter Lady Macbeth. Mr Lawson's famous music hall sketch Humanity was culled from a full length melodrama, originally presented at the Standard Theatre, Pimlico, London, under the title Humanity or A Passage in the Life of Grace Darling
repertoire in Music
Hall Studies Number 6.
add: One Harry Banford billed himself as The Pocket Dan Leno. As Mr Leno was shorter than average Mr Banford must have been exceptionally diminutive,. Contemporaneously Nellie Coleman was puffing herself as The Female Dan Leno.
Other claimants to Clog Dancing Championship were FRANK RENNIE, VESTA VICTORIA and JOHN WILLIAMS.
Also see MAX WALL (The Queen's Jester) and HERB WILLIAMS.
|LESLIES, THE TWO||
A occasional deputy for Mr Holmes was Mervyn Saunders (1910-2000)
Lester is the name of the character played by Judy
Garland in the film A
Star is Born
delete final sentence and substitute: Three of the very few Discoveries to achieve stellar status were Jim Dale, Nicholas Parsons and the distinguished comedy writer BARRY TOOK, a thinnish but not contemptible roll of honour.
Second paragraph: CHANG ENG should be CHANG and ENG.
|LLOYD, MARIE||d.o.b. should be 1870. After `French actress' add: (Marie Lloyd-Vibart 1842-97)|
dates should be: (1917-99). At one time billed
after Cissie Loftus' dates add: The Mimetic Marvel. This entry married Ben Brown of BROWN, NEWLAND & LE CLERQ.
For family see Sing Us One of the Old Songs
LYNN, Dame VERA
See SOLDIERS IN SKIRTS
There was also a Jimmy Lynton who worked as Charles or Charlie Parsons but we do not think these were the same gentlemen.
billing: ...and his Dutch Accordeon Serenaders
at end add: See BILLY REID for more accordion bands.
David Charles Lemmy
Fred Brezin (1886-1950)
(with his Lady)
Channing Pollock (b.1926)
end add: See JOHNNIE RAY
||Article and repertoire in
Hall Studies Number 10.
& Edith Lester (fl c1940s)
delete Rusty Warren - see new substantive entry for RUSTY WARREN
June 1928 - 29 December 2003
1948 and substitute c1950
Joan Valantyne Napier 1920-2003
1856. First two lines should read: 'This
enchantress was born
into the Cooke circus family and married into
the Renz circus family - we are not convinced etc....'
at end add: See PAT FEENEY for more phoney Irish.
|O'GORMAN, DAVE & JOE||change of dates: (fl1904-56)|
||after The Man You Cannot Hang delete
the rest of the paragraph
and substitute: Another
hostage to fortune was
Tayonwana The Man They Cannot Kill.
and repertoire in
Music Hall Studies Number Eleven.
For seventeen years Sandy Powell's feed was Norman Meadow (1918-2000).
10 April 1854 - 20 January 1887
add: Another similarly talented artiste was King Henry II's jester, Roland Le Pettour, whose speciality was `a leap, a whistle and a fart'. And in the 5th century no less a divine than St Augustine of Hippo himself pondered on those `who can produce at will such musical sounds from their behind (without any stink) that they seem to be singing from that region'.
Beatrice Mary Claxton. Appeared in two pioneering films in 1894 made by Koster & Bial in Manhattan, New York. Died of drink. See SPINK & SPINK.
Add: See Sonny Roy
Nissen's dates are now: (1907-2000).
the Royal Hippodrome,
Eastbourne, for the w/c 22 April, 1946, the programme
included one Jan
Tors who also had the temerity to bill himself
(herself?) as Fiddling
On 31 October 1910 this artiste was voted by the readers of the London Evening News their most popular Number 10 spot in an ideal Music Hall programme.
||at end add: Alice Penfold (b1916?) of Bury in West Sussex was k.a. The Female Samson.|
ROBEY, Sir GEORGE
at end: after BARBETTE add BASYL; after VIVIEN FOSTER add PETER MAXWELL. On 31 October 1910 this artiste was voted by the readers of the London Evening News their most popular Number 9 spot in an ideal Music Hall programme.
though d.o.b. possibly 1930.
billed as Ron Warren The World's
Greatest Whistler. During World War II
Mr Ronalde worked for
a time as a shoe-mender. We can only wish this
had stuck to his last. In March 1949 he was
billed at the Palace
Huddersfield as Ronalde The Voice of the
2003 made a very delayed come-back touring for
Chapman, who should have known better and lost a
significant wodge on
the venture. By now RR's deafness made him
unable to judge his
dynamics, and the piercing fortissimo quality of his
whistling had the
audience wincing and stuffing their fingers in their
delete name and d.o.b. from p236 (prior to SAVEEN, ALBERT)
Liverpool Empire for the w/c 20 April, 1908, as America's Renowned
|SHIELDS, SAMMY||delete last sentence and substitute: It was suggested to us by the late JIMMY LOGAN that 'Speakable' indicated comprehensibility to Sassenachs.|
|SHORT, JACK||at end before ARTHUR TRACY insert: Tayonwana (ALOIS PETERS)|
between Joe and Boganny insert: (Clifton)
Family details in Sing Us One of the Old Songs.
entry and replace with:
SMITH & DALE (fl1906-68)
Dr Kronkheit and His Only Living Patient
Joe Sultzer (1884-1981) and Charlie Marks (1881-1971) met in 1898 when they collided into each other's bicycles on Delancey Street in Manhattan. The two began developing their patient-doctor comic duologue in 1906 while part of the AVON COMEDY FOUR, running the routine for over sixty years. `Kronkheit' is German for `unwell'. The act was full of exchanges such as `Please, my time is liniment' - `Don't rub it in' which makes us wonder how this entry lasted as long as it did. Smith & Dale were the inspiration for The Sunshine Boys.
Half-sister to TOM F. MOSS
oft-repeated story that Mr Tate's demise was due to
in a German bombing raid over Dundee in fact derived
from a hoax report
put out by Mr Tate himself some months earlier.
See ALEXANDER HERRMANN
readers of London's Evening News declared in
a poll that in an
Music Hall programme this artiste was their
preferred Number 7
His daughter, Mary Relph-Powell, died 4 May 2000
aged 82. Article
repertoire in Music Hall Studies Numbers Four and
see VESTA VICTORIA
|TRAVIS, Lieut FRANK
repertoire in Music Hall Studies Number 10.
add to the
the first par.: What has survived is a
tantalisingly short piece of film in which Mons.
Trewey demonstrates his hat trickery.
||add: Arthur MacMurragh Kavanagh (1831-89) had no usable limbs at all but displayed remarkable resourcefulness and was known in consequence as The Limbless Wonder.|
at end add: Though Mr Amburgh died peacefully in his bed the same cannot be said of his daughter Faimali, whose grisly fate it was to be mauled to death by her big cats during a performance at the Alhambra, London, in 1883.
17 May 2002. See STEFFANI
entered in wrong category. See MAGICIANS
In 1883 the young artiste was being billed as Little Victoria The Minnie Palmer of the Music Halls. Minnie Palmer (1857-1936) was an American operetta star who early that year had caused sensations in Glasgow and Islington. In 1885 Little Victoria's bill-matter declared her to be Champion Lady Clog Dancer of the World; two years later this entry had become, in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, The Jubilee Pet. We have also seen her billed as The People's Idol (not to be confused with VESTA TILLEY The London Idol).
For other champion clog dancers see DAN LENO, FRANK RENNIE and JOHN WILLIAMS. A later billing was: The Queen's Jester (cf. DAN LENO The King's Jester).
repertoire in Music Hall Studies Number 7.
WARE, GEORGE W.
delete final sentence: It was for Miss Power's funeral costs etc.
ELSIE & DORIS
repertoire in Music Hall
Studies Number Nine.
Elsie 19/8/1893-14/6/1990 Doris 20/12/1899-18/8/1978
In the final sentence `the same gentleman' is not, of course, JACK WARNER but an unknown gentleman. We regret any inadvertent implication of incest.
||Article in Music
Hall Studies Number 1.
(nee Mellors) 1875-1969. Married Henry
Whiteley 1899, Hamburg. Children: Henry
Emilio (1899), Ben (b1901), Harold (1903-2001), Paul
(b1909), Albert (b1911), Raymond (b1915).
final sentence: We can categorically state etc.
|WILLIAMS, BRANSBY||in second paragraph alter `Culture to the Halls' to `Culture to the Masses'|
and repertoire in Music Hall Studies Number Nine.
|WILSON, KEPPEL & BETTY||after
`there were several Bettys' add: (see JEAN BAMBERGER).
dates:1907-63. Billy Shenton's obit in The Stage 7 Dec,
1978, states that
in 1931 he replaced Joe Keppel for three years 'during
illness'. Shenton died in November, 1978, aged
Article in Music Hall Studies Numbers Four and Eight.
||see HERB WILLIAMS for similar billing. Article in Music Hall Studies Number 6. See www.musichallstudies.co.uk|
|WISDOM, NORMAN||should now be: WISDOM, Sir NORMAN. D.o.b. should be 1915.|
|WOOTTWELL, TOM||in last sentence between `artiste's' and `name' insert `family'.|
billed as Bright and Breezy. See WHIT
Steel: add dates (1919-2001)
|ZAZEL||second paragraph should be indented|
ANIMAL & BIRD TRAINERS - see ANIMAL & BIRD ACTS (on one line)
BICYCLISTS - see BICYCLE ACTS
add RUSTY WARREN
add Syd Wright (TEDDY BROWN)
add Mdlle Alphonsine (Fleury) (Signor ETHARDO)
JAMES UNSWORTH (should be in caps.)
Additions and corrections to Index in 1999 editions:
Alphonsine (Fleury), Mdlle Signor ETHARDO
Astil, Arthur should be Astill, Arthur
Atroy, The Great ATLAS & VULCANA
Carson, Jeanne Len Lowe MISCELLANEOUS
Duprez, May Moore `Happy' FANNY FIELDS
Faimali ISAAC VAN AMBURGH
Fleury, Mdlle Alphonsine Signor ETHARDO
Fuller, Loie delete
Gellini, Hugh Mlle ALMA
Kavanagh, Arthur MacMurragh CARL UNTHAN
Layman, George should be listed before Layton, Tom
Lolo Mlle ALMA
London Alhambra ISAAC VAN AMBURGH
Marx Brothers - should go after Marvi, Bea & Zelda
Marx, Groucho - should go after Marx Brothers
Massachusetts House of Representatives RUSTY WARREN
Naero, Mlle De Dio (MISCELLANEOUS)
New York: Manhattan SMITH & DALE
Pantzer Brothers ATLAS & VULCANA, M. CANDLER
Pia, La De Dio (MISCELLANEOUS)
Pierre, La should be Piere, La and therefore go before Pieri, Antonio
Poluskis entries should come after Pollock entries
Ponchery, H R should come after Poluskis, The
Pryde, Peggy JENNY HILL
Sinclair, Dawn JUMPIN' JAX
Stanley, Wally & Lester, Edith MISCELLANEOUS
Stone, Louis JOE LAWRENCE
Sylvester Mlle ALMA
Tayonwana ALOIS PETERS
Wah-Letke, Princess should be Wah-Letka, Princess
Warren, Rusty delete
Weston, Bert JOHNNY COOPER
Willane JOHNNY COOPER
Wright, Syd TEDDY BROWN
Jackie Allen (1924-2102)
BAKER, JOE (d2001)
(`BUNNIE') (d.10 February 2000)
Britain's Cleanest Comedian
The Simplicity of Genius
This artiste appeared in a Mancunian Productions 1936 film entitled Dodging the Dole. In later life he became a turf accountant. Further information about this entry and his family may be found in the Spring 2006 edition of The Call Boy (vol 43 no 1), the official journal of the British Music Hall Society.
See DAN YOUNG
HER GIRLS' ORCHESTRA/BAND) (fl1940-82)
Trying To Be Good
Alf Smith and his brother.
(b. 19 June 1898)
(d 11 Feb 1964)
(fl late 19th cent.)
SYD (fl c1910)
Mr Currie's dates are 1898-1968
(FIVE) (est 1884)
De LYLE, WYN
DILLON, ERNIE (fl c1930)
On the Bounce
& LEE, RICKI (fl1960s-70s)
& COMPANY (1896-1991)
International Cycling Football Beauties
Was this act aka THE FIVE SENSATIONAL OXFORDS qv?
STREAKS OF DANCE (fl1920s)
LADS, THE (fl1896-c1930)
KATE (fl 1870s-80s)
(fl late 19th century)
FOL De ROLS,
FOREMAN & FARREN - see PETER FANNAN
The Little Wonder
HARMONICA GANG, MORTON
GGARDINER, BORNEO (d.1922)
The New Zealand Siffleur
The whistler, or 'siffleur', Borneo Gardiner was born in New Zealand. In his teens he bnuilt up a reputation in his home country and in late 1912/early1913 he went to conquer Australia. His musical training was as an oboist -- he played with the Wellington Professional Orchestra -- but it was his whistling that brought him to public attention. From Australia he went on to South Africa, then London, where he was quick to establish himself on the variety circuit. He died in London aged only thirty, having successfully performed in France, Belgium and South America. (Tony Locantro)
Acccording to reviews in The Stage, Borneo Gardiner told jokes in his act and at the Croydon Empire in 1920 was seen to whistle Gounod's Serenade while smoking a cigarette. (MK)
24 June 1884)
HAGUE, CHARLES (30 Jan 1896 - 5 Aug 1993)
(& PARTNER) (fl1950s)
(d. 16 December 1945(?))
MANNERS, ETHEL (fl1932-47)
(& CO) (fl1940s-50s)
SEVEN ROYAL (fl late 19th cent.)
RAY, DOREEN (fl1923-40 and 1949-50s)
Why Pick On Me?
BROWN, DOT (fl c1940s)
JANE and her
WALTER CERETTA (c1877-1942)
He of the Funny Ways
Later k.a. Stan Laurel of Laurel & Hardy.
JEWEL, JESSIE (fl1930s-60s)
The Comedy Gem
Radio's Ginger Girl
The Flying Man
(d. 25 June 1915)
JULES (fl. c1890s)
The Golden Voice of the Highlands
The King of the Highlands
PARTNER) (b c1910)
The Artist and his Model
Bob (1915-2000). This comedy adagio act last cited in The Stage & Television Today at the City Varieties, Leeds, in 1994.
KARNA (fl 1939-67)
The Singing Conductor
Bus or orchestral?
& MORGAN, RUTHIE (fl1934-48)
LEE, LES (d.
12 September 1930)
The Bombs of Mirth
Eddie Lyons (1887-1969) and Joe Fay
& MADGE (fl1900s)
MACNORTON - see HARRY NORTON
(b. 13 Aug 1930)
31 July 1951)
(fl1940s-50s. d. 19 November 1975?)
(& COMPANY) (fl1875-c1910)
(& FRED) (fl 1940s)
(d. December 28th 1999)
8 Oct 1928)
`Tash' (with Bette Carole) (fl1947-1950s)
JESSIE (fl c1890s)
(d. 9 October 1972)
(d. 3 March 1940)
The Finest Sand Dancer in the World
Winter, Spring and Summer
The World Renowned Dancer
Family name: Mae Rose Baker (Mrs Harry Bawn)
The eminent regurgitator was born in Lyons as Claude Louis Delair. In Grace Beauty & Banjos we stated that this remarkable artiste was a.k.a Harry Norton; we now know this to be erroneous, and that we confused Mac Norton with another regurgitator called Harry Morton. The latter could down up to 300 small mugs of beer in his act; he was at his peak in the 1920s. See HADJI-ALI.
This establishment was founded and funded by Lord Nuffield to provide service personnel at a loose end in central London with a cheap meal and entertainment untainted by the moral hazards only too readily available, then as now, to the unwary.
Originally in Piccadilly the Nuffield Centre moved to Adelaide Street behind St Martin-in-the-Fields, its doors offering a haven for many years after World War Two to National Servicemen. Among the artistes who found the canteen a useful shop-window were ARTHUR ASKEY, MICHAEL BENTINE, Ronnie Corbett, TOMMY COOPER, CHARLIE DRAKE, JIMMY EDWARDS, BENNY HILL, FRANKIE HOWERD, BILL PERTWEE, Steve Race, and NORMAN WISDOM.
In the late 1950s we also worked there, not as an entertainer but as a kitchen-porter, cleaning the pots and scrubbing the floors. In this menial work we shone, however, for within a very short time we had achieved promotion to the senior post available to part-timers: serving in the officers' mess.
with PEGGY HAIG
& PEGGY (fl 1930s)
(fl late 1920s-50s)
(& MARION) (b1926)
(& MARTA) (fl1940s-50s)
(d. 23 September 1987)
PETITE (d July? 1949)
BROWN (fl c1920s)
Article and repertoire in Music Hall Studies Number 5.
REDHEADS, THE THREE - see JEAN BAMBERGER
(& PARTNER) (fl1920s)
LEONARD, CONNIE (fl c1930s-40s)
HIS BAND) (1900-71)
Messengers of Mirth
See Clark & Ritchie (BICYCLE ACTS)
(d. 21 April 1994)
ST CLAIR, F.
ST CYR, LILI
MUSICAL - see The Elliotts & Savonas
20 December 1903)
11 March 1913)
29 May 1963)
THE FIVE (fl1932-60s)
The Lanky Londoner
The Lean Look
London's Longest Laugh
Mr Took was 6ft 2ins. See obituaries in The Times and The Independent for 1 April 2002. See CARROLL LEVIS, DONALD B STUART.
The Whistling Ventriloquist
The Barrel King & Trancka Wonder
Trancka = trinka - see Professor RISLEY
Assistants) (fl c1930)
VAN DER VENN
L'As Des Prestidigitateurs
b. Frank Hladik in Stara-Vozice, Czechoslovakia.
Out of this World
Family name: Bobby Arrendoff.
See FRED ALLEN
WALTER (b c1925)
25 September 1890)
WILSON (fl1929-41 and 1945-9)
WHITLOCK, BILLY - see PENROSE & WHITLOCK
(LITTLE NELL) (1858-1923)
WILLIAMS & WALKER - see WALKER & WILLIAMS
(& MARION) (fl1925-50s)
The Perfect Fool
Clem Dawe and Tommy Godfrey (d. 24 June 1984) also used this bill-matter.
XX-RAYS, THE FIVE (fl 1910s)
The Mad Athletes
Sketch troupe whose personnel included Jack Clifton (founder) and his nephew Sam (b1898) who later ran his own company as SAM LINFIELD. Jack Clifton also ran The Six Ceylons. Clifton was the family name of The Bogannys (SKETCH ARTISTES).
KING, ROSE (& CO)
...and his Famous Czardas Band
...and his Gypsy Band
The Younkman Russian Orchestra
Nat Younkman (c1900-1957)
& BOOTH, WEBSTER
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