There Must Be Something Nice About The Isle Of Man



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.
Interestingly, 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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Columbia 2227-B
Regal G6650-A


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 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).