Ralph Butler (1887–1969)

Let's Sing The Cuddley SongRalph Butler, who was active from the late 1920s until the mid-1950s, frequently wrote with Reginald Armitage (as “Noel Gay”). Among his hits were The Sun Has Got His Hat On (with Gay, 1932); Let’s All Go To The Music Hall (with Harry Tilsley and Lawrence Wright as “Horatio Nicholls”, 1934); There’s A Lovely Lake In London (with Tolchard Evans and Stanley Demerell, 1935); and the early World War Two Flanagan and Allen singalong hit Run, Rabbit, Run (with Gay).

Butler and Fred Godfrey teamed up for several songs in the late 1920s: the nonsense song All Through The Scent That Silly Sent To Millicent; Hope, Brothers, Hope (with Julian Wright, 1929); How’s Your Mother? She’s All Right (with Will E. Haines, 1929); and Let’s Sing The Cuddly Song (with Julian Wright, 1929). They got together again years later to write Come And Have A Drink At The Victory Arms (with Tolchard Evans, 1941), featured by Billy Cotton and His Band.