You Were The First One (To Teach Me To Love)



You Were The First One To Teach Me To Love You Were The First One (Australian) HMV B766 Zonophone Twin 1562
Listen to a 1915
recording by

Clara Beck.

Image source:
National Library of Australia,


Fred Godfrey, Ronald F. Wakley & Bennett Scott — London: Star Music; Melbourne: Dinsdales’, 1915.

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“Seldom has a new song so speedily come into popular favour as has ‘You Were The First One To Teach Me To Love’...Daisy Dormer introduced this number with success last week at the Empire, Leeds, and it has already made its mark in several revues as well as in the repertoires of individual artists. Isa Wise sang it at the Hippodrome, Cheltenham [London], last week, and it is being featured in the revue D.D.D. at the Granville [Fulham, London] this week by Ida Conroy.”1

The song proved popular with many other Variety stars as well, including Lily Vine, Daisy West Collins, Dorothy Ward, Clara Beck, Ouida Macdermott, Cressie Leonard, Victoria Carmen, Myra Hammon, Nellie le Breton, Josie Delaine, and Maurice Arioso, “the well-known tenor from the Belgian Royal Opera.”2



Clara Beck (HMV B-766, 1915)

Black Diamonds Band, in “All The Hits” (Zonophone Twin 1571, 1915)

Olive Burton?

Harry Cove (Clarion 934, 1915; Clarion 949, 1916) [cylinders]

Murray Johnson (HMV B-551, 1915)

Stanley Kirkby (The Winner 2928, 1915; Clarion 124, 1916)

Ernest Pike as “Herbert Payne” (Zonophone Twin 1562, 1915)

Ella Retford (Jumbo 1358, 1915; Scala 815, 1915?)

Lionel Rothery (Coliseum 908, 1916; Favorite 950, 1916; as “Dan Walker” (Jumbo 36435, 1916?)


Stage Interpolations

Interpolated by Ida Conroy in the revue D.D.D. (Granville Theatre, Fulham, London, 1915); by Florrie Elliston in pantomime Dick Whittington (King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, December 1915); by Lily Vine in pantomime Tom The Piper (Princess’s Theatre, Glasgow, December 1915)..



1  “Song Notes,” The Stage, 11 November 1915, p. 26.
2  “Song Notes,” The Stage, 20 January 1916, p. 26.