Welcome to the “off-topic” page of this site, where I showcase some other recordings which are not related to the Zono Minstrels or Alfred Scott-Gatty. The first recording is from the oldest gramophone record I possess. It was recorded on 17th October 1904, but it is a song about the coming of spring!
MY OLDEST GRAMOPHONE RECORD
EARLY COMEDY RECORDINGS
Here are four early comedy tracks. The first two are almost certainly rare, as I can find no trace of “Fred Abbott” anywhere. The second two are by Charles Penrose, who was famous for recording “The Laughing Policeman” in 1922. These tracks are much earlier, from 1911, and I think “The Cigar Girl” is hilarious. It is easily the best Penrose track I’ve ever heard.
Here are two tracks from a contemporary of the Zono Minstrels, the Australian bass-baritone Peter Dawson. The first is my favourite Dawson track, and the second is a chance to compare “She Is Far From The Land” with Ernest Pike’s version.
Another prolific contemporary of the Zono Minstrels was Stanley Kirkby. Here are three romantic ballads from the pure baritone, which showcase him at his absolute best.
And, here are some of the best known recordings from the Great War, which was to plunge Britain into turmoil less than a year after the Zono Minstrels recordings were made.
STANLEY KIRKBY – It’s A Long, Long Way To Tipperary
STANLEY KIRKBY – Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit-Bag
STANLEY KIRKBY – Over There
STANLEY KIRKBY – When The Great Red Dawn Is Shining
STANLEY KIRKBY – Till The Boys Come Home (Keep The Home Fires Burning)
STANLEY KIRKBY – Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty
STANLEY KIRKBY – That’s What God Made Mothers For
OTHER GREAT WAR SONGS
Here are two songs from another baritone, Harry Cove, celebrating the end of the Great War.
ROBERT WILSON SINGS ALFRED SCOTT-GATTY –
The great Scottish tenor Robert Wilson recorded “Rothesay Bay”, which is a poem set to music by the creator of the Plantation Songs, Alfred Scott-Gatty.
AND MARGARET COOPER SINGS MRS. SCOTT-GATTY
RARE MODERN RECORDINGS
Here are some rare “modern” recordings (1940s). For some reason, early Mantovani recordings are scandalously neglected. The vocal by Stella Roberta on the first track is one of the best I have ever heard, and I listened to this track for over thirty years before I found out that Stella Roberta was actually Mantovani’s sister!
The Squadronaires track is ultra-modern, having been recorded on 21st December 1946, but it is a real favourite of mine. It is the most modern track in my all-time Top 100 singles chart.