I Do Wish I Were A Ladies Man



Billy Williams & Fred Godfrey, 1911.

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Zonophone Twin 751 Columbia R1752-B Phoenix 069-A
Billy Williams has signed
the wax master of this
1911 Columbia recording
(also used for a 1913
 reissue on Phoenix).


Billy Williams recorded at least six versions of this song: ca. August 1911 for Columbia; ca. August 1911 for Homophon; ca. August 1911 for Jumbo; 9 September 1911 for Zonophone; ca. September-October for Pathé; and ca. March 1912 for Edison Standard. 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).