Bennett Scott (1875–1930)


Meet Me AgainWith A.J. Mills and frequently with Fred Godfrey as well, London-born Bennett Scott was a member of one of the most prolific and successful Music Hall songwriting teams. Among his hits were Tom Costello’s I’ve Made Up My Mind To Sail Away (1903); Happy Fanny Fields’ By The Side Of the Zuider Zee (with A.J. Mills, 1906); Whit Cunliffe’s Fall In And Follow Me (with A.J. Mills, 1910); Mark Sheridan’s One Of The B’hoys (1910); and Marie Lloyd’s When I Take My Morning Promenade (with A.J. Mills, 1912). In 1906, he and Mills founded the music publishing firm of Star Music.

For the many songs Bennett wrote with Mills and Godfrey, mostly during the period 1914–19, see the entry under A.J. Mills. Listed here are other songs Bennett and Godfrey wrote without Mills, mostly after Mills’s death in 1919:

1914:
You’ve Got Me And I’ve Got You

1915:
You Were The First One To Teach Me To Love (with Ronald F. Wakley)

1920:
I’d Like To Be On The Farm (If The Darn Thing Were Only Somewhere In Town); It Seems To Me; The Last Man; G.H. Elliott’s Mammy’s Mississippi Home; Mendelssohn Mad; My Little Girl And Me; Open Your Heart And Let The Sunshine In, which Peter Dawson (under the name “Will Strong”), among others, recorded; Poor Old Father; The Rose Of Alabam; Stop It, John; There Are Smiles Behind The Tears; There’s A Big Tear On My Heart; ’ Twas An Old Fashioned Love Song; You Can’t Fool Around With The Women; You Would, You Know You Would; Your Wonderful Eyes; You’ve Got To Show Me

1922:
Charles (Cha-Cha-Cha-Charles)

1926:
I Can’t Come Tomorrow Night; I’m Gonna Be Married Sunday; Meet Me Again — Just Down The Lane

Date unknown: What A Wonderful Wedding It Will Be

 

In the British Pathé archives is a fascinating 29 March 1928
newsreel clip of well-known British composers. One scene shows
Bennett Scott in his garden and playing the piano. Too bad the clip is from the silent era.

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=9473.