Why Cant We Have The Sea In London?
Fred Godfrey & Billy Williams — London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1911; Swedish lyrics by Ture Nerman, 1912.
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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 greatest city? The song has also been used, improbably, in two Swedish films, Åh, i morron kväll (1919, a silent film. but the song presumably was indicated for the accompanying music); and Boman får snurren, starring Åke Söderblom (1949).
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)
Åh, i morron kväll (1919); Boman får snurren (1949).
1 Peter Ackroyd, London: The Biography (London: Chatto & Windus, 2000), 6.