Since Poor Father Joined The Territorials



EMI database credits Will Hyde & Fred Godfrey; other sources credit Will Hyde, Harry Heath & Billy Williams, 1909; letter in author’s collection dated 5 March 1909 from Heath and Hyde assigning rights to Billy Williams casts doubt on Godfrey’s involvement.

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Zonophone Twin 1683-B Homophon 657-B


Billy Williams recorded four versions of this song: 4 March 1909 for Homophon, 27 July 1909 for Zonophone, ca. October 1909 for Edison Standard Cylinder, and ca. March 1910 for Pathé. Reissues appeared on several other labels.1



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).