Letter dated 4 April 1912 from Fred Godfrey assigning the rights to She Is My Best Girl Now (and several other songs) to Billy Williams,
who would not record the song until nearly
a year later. At £20 for 11 songs, Fred didn’t
profit much from his songwriting talents.
Fred Godfrey & Billy Williams, 1912 — London: Francis, Day
& Hunter, 1913.
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One of the very few songs that Billy Williams gets through without resorting to his trademark laughing. “She” turns out to be “dear old Mother.”
Billy Williams recorded three versions of this song: 25 March 1913 for
Zonophone, ca. March-April 1913 for Columbia-Rena, and ca. June 1913 for
Homophon. Reissues appeared on several other labels.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).