Oh! Mister Macpherson



Cinch 5115-B
Starr Gennett 4701Canadian
Starr Gennett reissue
from the early 1920s,
with incorrect
composing credits.


Fred Godfrey & Billy Williams — London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1912.

Note that the published sheet music spells the title as “Macpherson,” while record labels usually omit the “a” and capitalize Pherson. The spelling error thus has crept into printed reference sources, including those noted below.


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Billy Williams recorded at least four versions of this song: 26 January 1912 for Zonophone, ca. March 1912 for Pathé, ca. April 1912 for Edison Amberol, and ca. April 1912 for Favorite. 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).