Ernest Pike – Tenor

Welcome to the tribute page for the tenor, Ernest Pike, one of the four singers who comprised the Zono Minstrels.

There is more biographical information available for Ernest Pike than for the rest of the Zono Minstrels singers, but it is still a long way from being complete. He is the only one to have his own Wackypedia page, and this has been greatly expanded this year. Of course that is no guarantee of accuracy. Despite this, we still don’t have an exact birth date for the great man, although it is believed to have been in the year 1871. Ernest Pike’s death is listed as being on 4th March 1936, and the place of death as Streatham. No details are available of a grave or burial place.

Ernest Pike was one of the most prolific tenors in the history of sound recording, so this page is likely to grow quite large in time. Many of his early recordings are on single-sided Zonophone discs, and many of those feature here. Some of the songs which Pike recorded at their outset have become famous and are still remembered today. It should be also be mentioned that there is now an excellent Ernest Pike Wiki, which can be found HERE. I salute the creator of that excellent site, as it has the potential to bring a whole new generation of fans to this most deserving of artists.

If anyone has any information concerning Ernest Pike, I would love to hear from you. Even though we now have a reasonably comprehensive background of his career, there is still little which is known about the personality of the man himself. Obviously, there is not likely to be anyone who knew him still alive, although even that is not an impossibility. We do have a photograph of Ernest Pike, which I have taken from the Wackypedia page, entirely under their terms of use. The image is in the public domain in the United Kingdom.

Ernest Pike - Tenor

Further recordings of Ernest Pike will be added here as I am able to obtain them. If you have access to any, or know where you can find some, I would also be interested in hearing from you. I can make the same offer that I made with Zono Minstrels recordings, that I will offer you a free transfer to digital media, as long as I am able to retain a copy of the recording and use it on this site.

RECORDINGS

Here is the Ernest Pike ‘jukebox’. Recordings are embedded from YouTube to save bandwidth, and are not therefore in the highest quality possible. If you would like an uncompressed WAV version of a recording, contact me and I’ll be able to provide you with one. NOTE – The YouTube videos were embedded on the page, but this has had to be discontinued due to excruciatingly slow page loads. If you have any solution to this, please contact me!

Click on the links to hear the recordings, which will open from YouTube in a new window or tab –

Where better to start than with an Alfred Scott-Gatty composition? Apparently, the great man wrote the music to the lyric supplied by someone known as “L.L.B”, whomever that may have been. The sheet music can be found HERE (not my upload, so thanks to whoever provided it).

APART

I’LL SING THEE SONGS OF ARABY

Early Ernest Pike – Single Sided Records

MOON DEAR

SILVER THREADS AMONG THE GOLD

I’LL TAKE YOU HOME AGAIN, KATHLEEN

ALICE, WHERE ART THOU?

MY PRETTY JANE

SLEEP AND FORGET

CHILDRENS VOICES

PLEASE GIVE ME A PENNY, SIR

EILEEN ALLANHAH

BONNIE MARY OF ARGYLE

Two-sided Zonophone records

SHE IS FAR FROM THE LAND

THE ROSARY

THERE’S A LONG LONG TRAIL

PINEY RIDGE

COME, SING TO ME

BLUE EYES

WHEN WE MEET

MARY

A MAY MORNING

HAPPY SUMMER SONG

SOMEWHERE A VOICE IS CALLING

WHEN THE JOY BELLS RING

Other Labels

KATHLEEN MAVOURNEEN

KILLARNEY

WHERE THE SUNSET TURNS THE OCEAN BLUE TO GOLD

SEAGULL

HOME ISN’T HOME WITHOUT YOU

BROWN EYES I LOVE

Ernest Pike As Herbert Payne

THE CORSICAN MAID

THE BLIND BOY

ALL THAT GLITTERS ISN’T GOLD

Double-Sided Records

ARIZONA

DOWN TEXAS WAY

PANAMA

MY OWN IONA

JAPANESE BUTTERFLY LAND

YAAKA HULA HICKEY DULA

TAKE ME BACK

WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING

WHEN I DREAM OF OLD ERIN

FOR YOU A ROSE, FOR ME A MEMORY

BELLS AND BLUE RIBBON

BACK FROM THE LAND OF YESTERDAY

SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE WITH YOU

CARRY ON, MADELON

THERE’S A SHIP THAT’S BOUND FOR BLIGHTY

THAT OLD FASHIONED MOTHER OF MINE

YOU REMEMBER A PLACE CALLED HOME

GIVE ME A LITTLE COSY CORNER

I’LL WORK FOR YOU

THE LIGHT OF DAY

ONLY A FEW MORE BROKEN HEARTS

1920s Label

IN THE DAYS OF MAKE BELIEVE

LONESOME

WHEN YOU WORE A TULIP AND I WORE A BIG RED ROSE

THERE’S A LIGHT THAT’S BURNING IN THE WINDOW

WHERE IS MY WANDERING BOY TONIGHT?

A BOY’S BEST FRIEND IS HIS MOTHER

Ernest Pike Duets

With Eleanor Jones-Hudson

O THAT WE TWO WERE MAYING

THE KEYS OF HEAVEN

DEAR LOVE OF MINE

A NIGHT IN VENICE

THERE WAS A TIME (GONDOLIERS)

With Peter Dawson

I’M PRAYING FOR YOU

GENEVIEVE

IN THE VALLEY WHERE THE BLUEBIRDS SING

With Stanley Kirkby

THE BATTLE EVE

LOVE AND WAR

And Finally, A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from ZonoMinstrels.co.uk!

OLD JIM’S CHRISTMAS HYMN

A WELCOME TO THE GLAD NEW YEAR