Charlie Higgins was a popular recording
comedian from the early to the mid-1930s who disappeared from the national
consciousness once he stopped recording. His first record was recorded in 1930.
Little is known about him today on the Internet or in Music Hall Books but it
is believed he started his career in the theatre during the 1920s, and died in
1978. Despite lack of modern recognition, he was a very successful recording
comedian in the early 1930s and once performed at an All Star Non Stop Variety
Show in 1934.
the 1930s Higgins released at least a score of records, mostly on the Broadcast
label and the last few on the Rex label. Although his records sold well at the
time, some of the originals are now very hard to find but all of his popular
songs, such as his most successful "With Me Gloves in me hand and me hat on
one side." are on his CD, "All Poshed Up" that was named after
his risque 1934 song "All Poshed up with me daises in me hand".
Higgins was born in Liverpool. In his day he played the part of someone who is
down in their luck. He was a master of facial expressions.
Tino Muff was born on
November 16, 1904 in Prague, Austria-Hungary as Antonín Mach. He was an actor,
known for Hudba srdcí (1934), Aféra plukovníka Rédla (1931) and Dokud mas
maminku (1934). He died on December 24, 1974 in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
"Tino" Rossi (29 April
1907 – 26 September 1983) was a French singer and film actor. Rossi, born in Ajaccio,
Corsica, was gifted with a voice well suited for opera. He became a tenor in
the French cabaret style. Later, he appeared in various movies. During his
career he recorded hundreds of songs and he appeared in more than 25 films, the
most notable of which was the 1954 production, Si Versailles m'était conté...
directed by Sacha Guitry.
romantic ballads had especially women swooning and his art songs by Jules
Massenet (1842–1912), Reynaldo Hahn (1875–1947), and other composers, sold out
theaters wherever he performed.
Starita clarinetist, alto saxophonist and dance band leader. Starita lived in
England for a number of years and was the leader of a band at the Kit-Kat Club
between 1925 and 1928 before returning to the United States in the early 1930s.
Starita & His Piccadilly Band & Eddie Gross - A room with a view
Mary "Tessie" O'Shea (13
March 1913 – 21 April 1995) was a Welsh entertainer and actress.
her teens she was known for her popular BBC Radio broadcasts and appeared on
stages in Britain and South Africa. She frequently finished her act by singing
and playing a banjolele in the style of George Formby. While appearing in
Blackpool in the 1930s, she capitalised on her size by adopting "Two Ton
Tessie from Tennessee" as her theme song. In the 1940s, she was a frequent
headliner at the London Palladium, and established herself as a hit recording
artist in the 1950s.
The Old Bull and
is a Grade II listed public house near Hampstead Heath in London which gave its
name to the music hall song "Down at the old Bull and Bush" sung by
Old Bull and Bush is managed by Mitchells and Butlers under the Premium Country
Dining Group brand. The interior was renovated to a modern, gastropub style
with an openly visible kitchen and reopened to the public on 24 March 2006. Until
the introduction of the English smoking ban on July 1, 2007, The Bull and Bush
was one of the few completely smoke-free pubs in London.
Florrie Forde (16 August 1875 –
18 April 1940), born Flora May Augusta Flannagan, was an Australian popular
singer and entertainer. She was one of the greatest stars of the early 20th
century music hall.
had a powerful stage presence, and specialised in songs that had powerful and
memorable choruses in which the audience was encouraged to join. She was soon
drawing top billing, singing songs such as "Down at the Old Bull and
Bush" and "Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?".
Forde - Down at the Old Bull & Bush (1933)