Why Cant We Have The Sea In London?
Fred Godfrey & Billy Williams — London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1911.
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This Fred Godfrey song has the honour of being mentioned in the very
first paragraph of the first chapter of Peter Ackroyd’s acclaimed book,
London: The Biography.1 What better accolade could a song
have than to be remembered — and in connection with the world’s
J. Thorby (Clarion 554, 1911) [cylinder]
Jumbo Military Band, in “Jumbo Band Medley 2” (Jumbo 617, 1912)
George Belton, in 7-LP set “Palace Of Varieties — Old Time Music Hall” (BBC CN-1426, 1976 reissue of recordings made 1952–58)
1 Peter Ackroyd, London: The Biography (London: Chatto & Windus, 2000), 6.