Giving A Donkey A Strawberry



Billy Williams & Fred Godfrey, 1913; manuscripts of music and lyrics (two drafts) and piano arrangement by Alfred Glover in author’s collection.

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Columbia 2226-A Regal G6649-A Pathé 20189-A


Listen to a 1913 recording
by Billy Williams
for Edison Blue Amberol

Recording source:
Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project, Department of Special Collections, Donald C. Davidson Library,
University of California, Santa Barbara,


Billy Williams recorded five versions of this song: 25 March 1913 for Zonophone, ca. March-April 1913 for Columbia, ca. June 1913 for Pathé, ca. October-November 1913 for Jumbo, and ca. November 1913 for Edison Blue Amberol. Reissues appeared on several other labels.1



1  For comprehensive discographies of recordings by Billy Williams, see Brian Rust, British Music Hall on Record (Harrow, UK:
    Gramophone, 1979); and Frank Andrews and Ernie Bayly, Billy Williams’ Records: A Study in Discography (Bournemouth, UK:
    Talking Machine Review, 1982).