Castling & Fred Godfrey — London: Francis, Day & Hunter;
Melbourne: Stanley Mullen, 1909.
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Billy Williams recorded at least six versions of this song, an early hit
that was one of his biggest: 27 August 1908 for Homophon, 21 December
1908 for Zonophone, ca. January 1909 for Jumbo, 28 September 1909
for Favorite, ca. September 1909 for Pathé, and a 1909 recording
of uncertain date for Edison Standard Cylinder. Reissues appeared on several
other labels, including the mid-1920s Canadian Starr-Gennett release shown
above, with incorrect composing credits.1
Fred Murray (Bell Disc 120, ca. 1910) — 10¼" disc
Fred Mayne (Columbia-Rena 1259, 1910)
Charles Denton (Clarion 370, 1910) — cylinder
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).