My Father Was Born
In Killarney (Dont Run Down The Irish)
Billy Williams has
signed the Jumbo
wax master of this
Listen to a 1912 recording
for Edison by Billy Williams
Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project, Department of Special Collections, Donald C. Davidson Library,
University of California,
Santa Barbara, http://cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/
Letter dated 8 May 1911 from Fred Godfrey assigning the performing rights and
a share of the publishing royalties of My Father Was Born In Killarney (and several other songs) to Billy Williams.
Fred Godfrey & Billy Williams — Sydney: Dinsdales’, ; presumably
also published in the UK.
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Billy Williams recorded three versions of this song: ca. October 1911
for Jumbo (reissued on Coliseum and other labels), ca. March 1912 for
Edison, and ca. April 1912 for Favorite (reissued on Lyric
and John Bull).1
1 For comprehensive discographies of recordings by Billy Williams, see Brian Rust, British Music Hall on Record (Harrow, UK:
Gramophone, 1979); and Frank Andrews and Ernie Bayly, Billy Williams’ Records: A Study in Discography (Bournemouth, UK:
Talking Machine Review, 1982).