I Wish It Was Sunday Night

 

 

Billy Williams, Huntley Trevor & Fred Godfrey, 1911; published London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1912; Trevor assigns his rights to Williams in a letter dated Decemeber 22, 1911; manuscript of lyrics (two drafts) in author’s collection.

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Columbia A1729-AHMV-120082-APhoenix 069-B

 

Recordings

Billy Williams recorded five versions of this popular hit: ca. December 1911 for Homophon, 3 January 1912 for Zonophone, ca. March 1912 for Columbia, ca. March 1912 for Pathé, and ca. April 1912 for Edison Amberol. Reissues appeared on several other labels.1

Jumbo Military Band, in “Jumbo Band Medley 2” (Jumbo 617, 1912)

Jack Charman as “Ted Yorke” (The Winner 2323, 1913); reissued (Starr Gennett 4562, 1919)

Interpolated in the BBC-TV Channel 4 mini-series “A Dance to the Music of Time” (late 1990s?)

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Note

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).