Letter dated 7 November 1913 from Fred Godfrey assigning the performing rights and
a share of the publishing royalties of There Must
Be Something Nice About The Isle Of Man and several other songs to Billy Williams.
had already recorded
the song for a
number of different labels when
this letter was written.
Fred Godfrey & Billy Williams, 1913; manuscript (fragment) of lyrics
in author’s collection
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Billy Williams recorded six versions of this song: ca. March 1913 for
Edison Blue Amberol, ca. March-April 1913 for Favorite, ca. June 1913
for Homophon, ca. June 1913 for Pathé, and 1913 recordings of uncertain
dates for both Columbia-Rena and Jumbo. Reissues appeared on several other
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).