- 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”.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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”.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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”.
- 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”.