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.
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.
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).
Early Ernest Pike – Single Sided Records
Two-sided Zonophone records
Ernest Pike As Herbert Payne
Ernest Pike Duets
With Eleanor Jones-Hudson
With Peter Dawson
With Stanley Kirkby
And Finally, A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from ZonoMinstrels.co.uk!