Hey! Ho! Cant You Hear The Steamer?
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An extremely popular number in what passed in England as “ragtime” style, which was all the rage just before the war, Hey! Ho! Can’t You Hear The Steamer? certainly got around, as the following excerpt from a letter home by a soldier on the Western Front attests:
Jack Charman (Pathé 8777, 1913); as “Arthur Boynton” (Jumbo A605, 1913)
Bert Courtney (Cinch 5136, 1913)
Harry Cove (Marathon 304, 1913)
——— & Jack Charman as “Ted Yorke” (The
Winner 2396, 1913)
Stanley Kirkby (Columbia-Rena 2178, 1913; Canadian HMV 120177, ca. 1915;
Zonophone Twin 1085, 1913)
Daisy Taylor (Edison Blue Amberol 23213, 1913?) [cylinder]
Fred Marsden (Coliseum 506, 1914)
Ella Retford, in “Ella Retford Songs Medley” (Regal Zonophone MR-205, 1930); reissued on LP “The Greatest Music Hall Bill Ever Assembled” (Music For Pleasure, MFP-1146, ca. early 1960s); reissued on CD “Top Of The Bill” (Pearl PAST CD 9753, 1992)
Interpolated by Cissie Thompson in pantomime Goody Two Shoes (Her Majesty’s Theatre, Dundee, December 1913); by Ruby Louis in pantomime Jack Horner (Theatre Royal, Nottingham, December 1913); by Dorothy Millar in pantomime Aladdin (Theatre Royal, Bristol, December 1913–January 1914); by Maude Mortimer in pantomime Peter Wilkins (Palace Theatre, Dundee, February 1914); by Lottie Holland in pantomime Cinderella (Hippodrome, Huddersfield, February 1914); by Dorothy Firmin in pantomime Forty Thieves (Sydney, 1913).
1 “Coventry soldier missing; Germans sing ragtime,” Coventry Herald, 15 January 1915, p. 2.