Old Sailor (Fair Winds To You)



Old Sailor Decca F6136 Rex 8887
This copy of
Old Sailor once belonged to the personal collection
of Arthur Tracy,
“The Streetsinger.”


Fred Godfrey & Jimmy Kennedy; some sources also credit Stan Bowsher — London: Peter Maurice Music; Sydney: Sterling Music, 1936.

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The only song Fred Godfrey wrote with the great Northern Irish lyricist Jimmy Kennedy, who went on to have a huge career in the United States. Talbot O’Farrell sang it on Variety stages in 1937 — for example, at the Chelsea Palace (April 1937) and the Empress, Brixton (May 1937) — and in Australia the song was performed by Jim Davidson & His A.B.C. Dance Orchestra.



Ambrose & His Orchestra; Sam Browne, vocal (Decca F-6132, 1936)

Arthur Tracy, “The Streetsinger” (Decca F-6136, 1936); reissued on LP “South Of The Border”, (Decca RFL-5, 1980); reissued on CD “Marta” (ASV CD AJA 5095, 1992)

Jay Wilbur & His Band; Jack Cooper & chorus, vocal (Rex 8887, 1936)