Lets Have A Song
Upon The Gramophone [Homophone, Graphophone,
Fred Godfrey & Billy Williams, 1911; Harry Carlton also co-author, according to letter assigning rights to Billy Williams dated 31 January 1911.
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An early example of an advertising or promotional record, the lyrics include the titles of some of Billy Williamss recent hits, with the equipment on which we’re to have a song of Billy’s changing according to the patented playback format for which the recording was made. Columbia and its budget reissue label Phoenix used “Graphophone,” while Homophon and Pathé had their own eponymous terms. His Master’s Voice, which started life as the Gramophone and Typewriter Company, used “Gramophone” for its budget Zonophone and Cinch labels, and that term eventually became standard usage in Britain for all disc recordings. In contrast, the standard North American term “Phonograph” for essentially all types of disc recordings began its life as the patented Edison cylinder format.
1 For comprehensive discographies of recordings by Billy Williams, see Brian Rust, British Music Hall on Record (Harrow, UK: