Alice Leamar (1869-1950)
English music hall vocalist and dancer,
the original singer in England of
'And Her Golden Hair was Hanging Down her Back'
This real photograph cigarette card was issued in England by Ogden's in one of their Guinea Gold series about 1900. The subject is the English music hall singer and dancer, Alice Leamar. Among her many songs was Felix McGlennon's 'And Her Golden Hair was Hanging Down her Back', introduced in 1894. Her success with this was somewhat overshadowed by Seymour Hicks's rendering, who was swift to introduce it into the musical comedy The Shop Girl, then running at the Gaiety Theatre, London. Many years later Miss Leamar had the satisfaction of singing 'And Her Golden Hair was Hanging Down her Back' at the Royal Command Performance at the London Palladium on 29 October 1935. This was recorded for the HMV label (C-2795); for an instrumental version by Banta's Orchestra, recorded about 1895, see www.tinfoil.com.
'Miss Leamar has the advantage of youth, for she will only reach her 21st birthday in June next, and this, combined with unquestionable ability as one of the most delightful dancers on the stage, and a bewitching power of enchanting all and sundry of her thousands of admirers with her graceful and refined performances, assuredly places the charming young artiste in the front rank of entertainers.
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© John Culme, 2009