I Don’t Care



Billy Williams & Fred Godfrey, composed 1911 — London: Francis, Day & Hunter, 1912; copyright renewed by Godfrey, 1939 [Library of Congress]; manuscripts of music and lyrics in the Norris Collection.

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Phoenix 092-A
The dirt on this
1913 Phoenix disc makes
Billy Williams’s signature
in the Columbia-Rena wax master show up clearly.
Scala 233-B


Billy Williams recorded at least seven versions of this popular number: ca. August 1911 for Columbia-Rena, ca. August 1911 for Homophon, ca. August 1911 for Jumbo, 9 September 1911 for Zonophone, ca. September 1911 for Edison Amberol, ca. September-October 1911 for Pathé, ca. December 1911 for Beka Grand. Reissues appeared on several other labels.1

Jumbo Military Band, in “Jumbo Band Medley 2” (Jumbo 617, 1912)



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).