Some Night, Some Waltz, Some Girl
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
One would not normally associate this pleasant waltz ballad with street rowdyism, but a Scottish newspaper nonetheless had a go:
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)
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).
1 “Music and Drama,” The Argus (Melbourne), 26 December 1916, p. 3.