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Costers & Cockneys (CDR15)

A compilation of some of the most famous coster and cockney singers. Cockneys, as popularly defined, were born within the sound of Bow Bells. However the sound of Cockney speech spread around London way beyond this narrow definition. Albert Chevalier, known as "The Coster's Laureate" had studied his subject in the streets and as a character actor produced some of the best loved songs of this genre including "My old Dutch" and "The Future Mrs. Hawkins". Sadly Kate Carney, the coster comedienne, recorded very few songs, but we are pleased to include three on this CD. Gus Elen is featured with five songs including the rare "If I were King of England" and alternative versions from CDR2 of "The Golden Dustman" and "'E dunno where 'E are." If you have never heard Fred Earle, then you are in for a treat. The son of songwriter Joseph Tabrar, his characterisations are hilarious and generally suggestive. The CD contains 22 Tracks, being recorded between 1898 and 1935.

Track Listing

Albert Chevalier:
My Old Dutch
Our Little Nipper
The Future Mrs. Hawkins (Two different version including his first ever recording of 1898)
The Fallen Star
Wot ver do Ee luv Oi?
What's the good of 'Anyfink? or A Cockney Complaint
'E can't take a Roise out of Oi

Fred Earle:
I don't care what becomes of me
That's as far as I can go
Meat, Meat, Meat
In the Morning

Gus Elen:
If I were King of England
'Arf a Pint of Ale
The Pavement Artist
The Golden Dustman
'E dunno where 'E are

Kate Carney:
Are we to part like this
Ten Day's Leave
Three Pots a Shilling

Duncan & Godfrey:
The Costers Courtship

Charles Russell:
The Coster Politician

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