Oh! The Girls Of Gottenberg



Harry Castling & Fred Godfrey; EMI also credits Billy Williams — London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1908; manuscript of partial arrangement (for conductor and 2nd violin) by W. Snell-Robinson in author’s collection.

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Evidently, Swedish girls had a reputation even back then! This was just the second song that Fred Godfrey wrote for Billy Williams.


Billy Williams recorded three versions of this song: 6 August 1907 for Homophon, ca. May 1908 for Zonophone, and ca. August 1908 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).