Letter dated 17 July 1913 from Fred Godfrey assigning the performing rights and
a share of the publishing royalties of
I Don’t Know How You Do It and several
songs to Billy Williams.
Billy Williams & Fred Godfrey, 1913.
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Billy Williams recorded two versions of this song: 1 May
1914 for Zonophone (reissued in Canada on HMV-Victor), and ca.
May 1914 for Favorite (reissued on Beka Grand, Jumbo, Coliseum and Scala).1
Discographers Frank Andrews and Ernie Bayly reproduce a review of Billy’s Zonophone Twin release of I Don’t Know How You Do It, issued just as the Great War was starting:
of Billy Williams — and we should not be surprised that they exceed
the Kaiser’s hordes in numeration — should not miss this
for a pension. Evidently, when he made this record something or other
must have put him into the best of spirits, possibly for the reason
he tells you in this song, that at a Fancy Dress Ball he met a girl
dressed as Eve and wishes he had gone as Adam!2
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).
2 Andrews and Bayly, Billy Williams’ Records, p. 70.