Why Do You Think I Look So Gay?



Fred Godfrey & Billy Williams; or Billy Williams & R.P. Weston,1 1910.

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Gramophone advance copy Homophon 806
An advance copy
of the Zonophone
recording, this single-sided disc is titled
and signed in pencil
in Billy Williams’s
own handwriting,
and once belonged
to him.


Billy Williams recorded five versions of this song: 18 February 1910 for Zonophone, ca. March 1910 for Homophon, ca. February 1911 for Pathé, ca. April 1911 for Edison Amberol, and ca. December 1911 for Beka Grand. Reissues appeared on several other labels.2







1   Godfrey’s participation is uncertain; Frank Andrews and Ernie Bayly, Billy Williams’ Records: A Study in  Discography (Bournemouth,
     UK: Talking Machine Review, 1982), believe Weston was the writer. Weston does indeed assign his rights to Williams in a letter dated
     25 September 1913, which seems rather after the fact. Typewritten lyrics in a scrapbook that once belonged to Billy Williams Jr. and now
     in the author’s possession credit Weston and Williams.
2   For comprehensive discographies of recordings by Billy Williams, see Brian Rust, British Music Hall on Record (Harrow, UK:
     Gramophone, 1979); and Andrews and Bayly, Billy Williams’ Records.