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Little Tich

Little Tich (1867-1928),
English music hall comedian

(photo: unknown, circa 1908)

Footlight Notes no. 541

for the week ending
2 February 2008

Read about Kurt Gänzl's latest biography, EMILY SOLDENE: IN SEARCH OF A SINGER, which has just been published. This long-awaited and detailed study of a fascinating Victorian theatrical celebrity and her contemporaries includes almost 700 illustrations. (This page is best viewed in Internet Explorer.)

Home - FOOTLIGHT NOTES, images of theatre and other popular entertainment, 1850s-1920s - carte de visite photograph of an unidentified burlesque actress, music hall serio comic or acrobat, early 1870s

Celebrity of the Week - Arthur Forrest (1850-1908), English music hall comedian and pantomime dame

Postcard of the week - Princess Pauline (b. 1873), English music hall comedienne

Cigarette Card of the week - Daisy Wood (1877-1964), English music hall comedienne and pantomime principal boy

Minor Player / Variety Act of the week - Fifi Gordon (fl. late 19th/early 20th Century), English music hall comedienne

Press Clippings of the week - Bessie Bellwood at the London Pavilion, April 1890 / Bills for London music halls for the week beginning Monday, 19 May 1901: the Empire, Leicester Square, Palace Theatre of Varieties, the Alhambra, Leicester Square, the Tivoli, and the Oxford / Gus Elen sues, London, 1906

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Betty Barclay & a Baritone (George Glover)

Betty Barclay & a Baritone
(George Glover)
English variety theatre dettiests (fl. circa 1910-1920)

(photo: unknown, circa 1915)

Sound file (3.5 mb) - the English variety theatre act known as 'Betty Barclay & a Baritone' toured the circuits between about 1910 and 1920 with their refined entertainment at a white grand piano, in which the 'Baritone' (George Glover) sang to the accompaniment of Miss Barclay. They made a handful of recordings for the HMV label about 1915 of which this example is a version of the song, 'I Want My Home In Ohio' (HMV C-669), which would not have disgraced any drawing room. Betty Barcaly's husband, Lieut.-Commander Beal, R.N., was killed on active service in the Spring of 1917.

More celebrity recordings from the Footlight Notes Collection, including Norah Bayes, Lee White and Clay Smith, Elsie Janis and Basil Hallam, J.W. Rickaby, Jay Laurier, Blanche Ring, Bonita and Lew Hearn, Dorothy Dickson, Odette Myrtil, John Steel and more.

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