78Man Presents Charles Penrose

Charles Penrose is remembered today as the singer of “The Laughing Policeman” but he made many other recordings under a variety of names over a long period. “78Man Presents Charles Penrose” is an album featuring 20 of his recordings and can be streamed on Spotify Here or on iTunes Here

Charles Penrose was born in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire in 1873. He began performing laughing songs locally as a teenager and by 18 was asked to join a theatrical tour, from where his music hall career took off. He began recording around 1915 and for the next 2 decades released many records on different labels, often using Pseudonyms. In 1923 he recorded the first version of “The Laughing Policeman” for the Regal label, a song which became so successful he re-recorded it for Columbia in 1926 and Dominion in 1929! He also appeared in several films during the ’30s. He died in 1952.

Tracks on the album are :

  1. My Giggling Typist (as Charles Jolly and Kaye Connor, Regal MR 331, 1931)
  2. The Laughing Bachelor (as Charles Penrose, Columbia 4236, 1927)
  3. A Merry Little Laugh (as Charles Jolly, Regal G 7896, 1923)
  4. Laughing Stuttering Sam (as Charles Penrose, Columbia DB 856, 1931)
  5. Army Laughs (as Charles Penrose, Colmbia 4691, 1927)
  6. Dismal Desmond the Despondent Dalmatian (as Charles Penrose, Columbia 4236, 1927)
  7. Felix Keeps on Laughing (as Charles Penrose, Winner 4277, 1924)
  8. Happy Herbert (as Charles Jolly, Regal G 7922, 1923)
  9. Laughs and Frills (as Charles Jolly and Kaye Connor, Regal MR 723, 1932)
  10. Seeing Each Other Home (as Charles Penrose, Winner 3910, 1923)
  11. Happy Hikers (as Charles Penrose and Company, Columbia DB 856, 1931)
  12. The Laughing Bassoon (as Charles Jolly and Kaye Connor, Regal MR 723, 1932)
  13. The Laughing Nippy (as The Spoofums, Eclipse SC 26, 1933)
  14. The Laughing Speed Cop (as Joy Day and Merry Andrew, Broadcast 765, 1931)
  15. Young Ideas (as Charles Jolly, Regal G 7922, 1923)
  16. The Laughing Widow (as The Spoofums, Eclipse SC 26, 1933)
  17. The Perpetual Laugh (as Charles Jolly, Regal 7135, 1915)
  18. When I got home (as Charles Penrose, Winner 3910, 1923)
  19. Two Old Sports No. 1-Gouty but Gay (as Penrose and Whitlock, Regal G 7566, 1920)
  20. Two Old Sports No. 2-Merry and Bright (as Penrose and Whitlock, Regal G 7566, 1920)

(For copyright reasons this album is not available in the US)

78Man Presents Vintage Comedy

78Man Presents Vintage Comedy is a compilation of Comedy Sketches originally released on 78 between 1913 and 1945. It is available to download or stream at  SpotifyItunes and all other digital online stores. (Not available in the USA for copyright resons).

Tracks are :

1.Mrs ‘Iggins and the plumber Part 1&2 – Fred Beck and Frank Buck and Company (1931)

2.Sandy joins the nudists Part 1&2 – Sandy Powell (1935)

3.Motoring Without Tears Part 1 : In the Garage – Angela Baddeley and L. Du Garde Peach (1928)

4.Motoring Without Tears Part 2 : On the Road – Angela Baddeley and L. Du Garde Peach (1928)

5.Joe Murgatroyd’s Letter Part 1&2 – John Henry and “Blossom” (1928)

6.Scenes of Domestic Bliss Part 1 : Breakfast Time – Billy Caryll and Hilda Mundy (1934)

7.Scenes of Domestic Bliss Part 2 : Midnight -Billy Caryll and Hilda Mundy (1934)

8.Mr & Mrs Brown at Wembley Part 1&2 – Buena Bent, Harry Bluff and Company (1924)

9.Cohen on Telephone Deportment – Joe Hayman (1913)

10.Getting my temper up – Tom Foy (1917)

11.John Henry’s Wireless Elephant – John Henry Himself (1923)

12.Sandy the Dentist Part 1&2 – Sandy Powell (1935)

13.Trust Scene – Joe Weber and Lew Fields (1915)

14.Sid Field Plays Golf Part 1&2 – Sid Field and Company (1915)

15.Mrs ‘Iggins at a Nightclub Part 1&2 – Fred Beck and Frank Buck and Company (1930)

16.My Girl Maggie – Jack Lane “The Yorkshire Rustic” (1916)

17.The Hulbert Brothers in Chicago – Jack and Claude Hulbert (1933)

18.A Surrealist Alphabet – Clapham and Dwyer (1934)

19. Trains Part 1&2 – Reginald Gardiner (1934)

78Man Podcast No. 7


The seventh 78Man presents podcast features comic monologues and sketches recorded between 1915 and 1945. It can be found on Soundcloud HERE and on iTunes HERE Tracks heard are

  1. John Henry’s Wireless Elephant by John Henry Himself                                                                              (Released by Regal (G 8059) in 1923.) Now largely forgotten, John Henry recorded several records from the early ’20s to the early ’30s, often with his side-kick “Blossom”.
  2. Mrs ‘Iggins and the plumber (Parts 1&2) by Fred Beck and Frank Buck and Company (Released by Regal (MR 259) in 1931). Fred Beck and Frank Buck and their Mrs ‘Iggins character were popular on the stage and radio in the late ’20s and throughout the ’30s and released a series of “Mrs ‘Iggins ..” (at the picture palace, at a night club, goes shopping etc.)
  3. Casey at the dentists by Michael Casey                                                                        (Released by Regal (G 7115) in 1915). Michael Casey appeared on record as an Irish comedian but was in fact the alter-ego of American Russell Hunting, who started releasing recordings on wax cylinder in the mid 1890s. He made many recordings  including Casey “As a doctor”, “At the wake”, “At Home”, “As a Judge” “As the dude in a street car” and “Joins the masons”. Born in 1864, Hunting went on to be come a businessman in the record industry, working in both the UK and US, and died in 1943.
  4. Getting my temper up by Tom Foy                                                                                 (Released by Zonophone (1751) in 1917). Tom Foy was born in Manchester in 1879 and went on to become  a huge music hall star, being referred to as “The Lancashire lad”. He recorded many records for Zonophone from around 1910 onwards until his death in 1917 aged just 38. Other recordings include “My girl’s promised to marry me”, “I’ve been to America”, “All through T’Black Horse” and “In trouble again”.
  5. Sid Field plays golf (parts 1&2) by Sid Field and Company                                    (Released by Columbia (DB 2163) in 1945). Sid Field was born in 1904 in Birmingham (UK). He made his stage debut aged 12 but it was another 20+ years before he found national fame, becoming one of the most successful comedians of the ’40s mainly through stage and radio appearances but also in 3 (not very successful) films – “That’s the ticket” (1940), “London Town” (1946) and “Cardboard Cavalier” (1949). Although he is largely forgotten today, many comedians have cited him as an influence, including Tommy Cooper, Larry Grayson, Frankie Howerd, Eric Morecambe, Eric Sykes and Tony Hancock. He died aged 45 in 1950 after suffering a heart attack.
  6. Motoring without tears (parts 1&2) by Angela Baddeley and L. Du Garde Peach    (Released by His Master’s Voice (B.D. 2813) in 1928). Born in 1904 in West Ham, Baddeley was a child actor, making her stage debut at 8 and appearing in Richard III at the Old Vic by the time she was 11. At 18 she took a brief break from acting and married for the first time, before returning to the stage in the late 1920s. She appeared in two films in 1931, “The Speckled Band” and “The Ghost Train” and later appeared in such films as “The Citadel” (1938), “No time for tears” (1957) and “Tom Jones” as well as many TV appearances. She is now best remembered for her portrayal as Mrs Bridges in the classic TV Series “Upstairs Downstairs” from 1971-1975. She died shortly after the series ended, in February 1976. L. Du Garde Peach was born in 1890 and was an author and playwright, mainly remembered now for his children’s books. He wrote this sketch, as well as appearing as the male character. He died in 1974.
  7. My Maggie by Jack Lane, The Yorkshire rustic                                                            (Released by Regal (G 7324) in 1922). Popular on record during the ’20s (although he started his stage career in the 1900s), Jack Lane is another largely forgotten comedian. His other records for Regal included “Where does the Rhinososorus get its Rhino”/”Down in the dell, where the Cross-eyed Claras grow”
    and “When Callachan cooked the cock-a-doodle-do”/”Kruschen feeling”.
  8. Canoodling part 2 by Hal Jones.                                                                                      (Released by Regal (G 7948) in 1923). Another forgotten comedian of the ’20s and ’30s, Hal Jones appeared in a short film of “Canoodling” in 1928, and the following year appeared in the film “Splinters in the navy”.




78Man Presents Leslie Sarony

78Man Presents Leslie Sarony is a new compilation album featuring the under-rated singer from the ’20s and ’30s, and is available on Itunes here , Amazon or to stream on Spotify . Tracks on the album are :

1. And the great big saw came nearer and nearer

2. Let me carry your bag to Bagdad, Dad

3. Don’t be surprised

4. Constantinople

5. The Pedestrian’s dilemma

6. Make yourself a happiness pie

7. Shovel up your troubles

8. Gosh! I must be falling in love

9. When H’I was H’Out in H’India

10. Hunting tigers out in “Indiah”

11. There’s a song they sing at a sing song in Sing Sing

12. Waiting at the gate for Katy

13. Laughing Waltz (Ha! Ha! Ha!)

14. Mamma don’t want no rice ‘an peas ‘an coconut oil

15. Old White’s whiskers

16. Cheer up and smile

17. We all went round and round

18. Meet me by the dustbin

19. I took my harp to a party

20. The Errand Boy’s Parade

More info on Leslie Sarony can be found in the blog for the first podcast or there’s a more in depth article on the Voices of Variety website HERE