Some Night, Some Waltz, Some Girl

 

 

Some Night, Some Waltz, Some Girl
Some Night Waltz
 

From a review in a December
1916 Melbourne newspaper: “Another newcomer was Miss Constance Cayley, a dapper figure, who carried herself rather seriously, but who sang her numbers, especially...‘Some Night, Some Waltz,’ with unusual feeling.”1

 
Some Night Waltz
Some Night songcard
Zonophone Twin 1628
Image source:
Library and Archives Canada /
Some night, some waltz, some girl [music] : waltz song/AMICUS 21556582/Cover
image courtesy of
Gart T. Westerhout, http://osugimusicaltheatre.com
Listen to a 1916 recording by
Ernest Pike, as “Herbert Payne.”

A.J. Mills, Bennett Scott & Fred Godfrey — London: Star Music; Bert Feldman; Melbourne: Dinsdales’, 1916; Toronto: Leo Feist, [1927?].

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“It is always unwise to prophesy. But the Star Company consider that they should have a most exceptional number in ‘Some Night, Some Waltz, Some Girl,’ by Fred Godfrey (composer of ‘Blue Eyes’), A.J. Mills, and Bennett Scott. On Monday next the song is to be sung by Miss Eileen Desmond in Jno. R. Huddlestone and John Tiller’s big Blackpool production, Well I Never Did! For the moment the centre of the song world is shifted from London to the popular west coast resort, and more than one prominent pantomime manager has arranged to be on hand with a view to the requirements of Christmas productions. The publishers of ‘Some Night, etc.’ claim this is one of those few and far between songs that are equally adapted for music hall, theatre, and concert platform.”2

“That successful trio of song-writers, A.J. Mills, Bennett Scott, and Fred Godfrey, have reason to congratulate themselves on the result of the big Blackpool productions. Not only have their expectations been realised in the case of their ballad, ‘Some Night, Some Waltz, Some Girl,’ but they have struck another and unexpected ‘winner’ in the new, and till now untried, number ‘I Love My Motherland’. Kitty Storrow, who sings the song at the Winter Gardens, is an artist with a future. So far as Blackpool is concerned, she has established herself and her song at one bound.”3

One would not normally associate this pleasant waltz ballad with street rowdyism, but a Scottish newspaper nonetheless had a go:

The police are evidently determined to put a stop to the incipient rowdyism which has been observable in our streets, especially at a late hour of the night. A band of five youths, all over 16 years of age, were gaily marching along Commerce Street [Arbroath] about 11:10 on Saturday night 20th inst. (as Acting Chief Constable Pyper put it), “shouting, bawling and singing scraps of songs.” It was not mentioned whether they were singing the latest music hall craze, “Some night, some waltz, some girl,” but at any rate that night when they waltzed into High Street they found “some policeman” waiting for them. There was an encore in the Police Court, when the quintette of vocalists appeared before Bailie Anderson.4

 

Recordings

The Band Of H.M. 1st Life Guards, in “Empireland” (The Winner 3090, 1916)

Black Diamonds Band, in “Songs Of Blighty” (Zonophone Twin 1715, 1916)

Violet Essex as “Vera Desmond” (HMV B-697, 1915)

Alice Hollander (Clarion 168, 1916)

Stanley Kirkby (Jumbo 1455, 1916)

Ernest Pike, as “Herbert Payne” (Zonophone Twin 1628, 1916)

Bert Walters (The Winner 3026, 1916)

The Unity Quartette (Columbia 2742, 1917)

 

Stage Interpolations

Interpolated by Eileen Desmond in Jno. R. Huddlestone and John Tiller’s revue Well I Never Did! (Blackpool, 1916); by Mabel Hirst in revue Some Girls (New Empire, Burnley, November 1916); by Violet Blythe in pantomime Cinderella (Theatre Royal, Leeds, December 1916); by Blanche Pearl in pantomime Red Riding Hood (Royal Theatre, Edinburgh, December 1916); by Constance Cayley in J.C. Williamson’s pantomime The House That Jack Built (Melbourne, 1916); and by Harry Binns in Capt. M.W. Plunkett’s Dumbells Ninth Annual Revue Oo-La-La (1927).

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Notes

1  “Music and Drama,” The Argus (Melbourne), 26 December 1916, p. 3.
2  “Song Notes,” The Stage, 29 June 1916, p. 15.
3  “Song Notes,” The Stage, 13 July 1916, p. 19.
4  “Rowdyism in Arbroath streets: Parade of young lads at police court,”Arbroath Herald, 2 February 1917, p. 5.