OF THE MONTH
Dvorak Opera Premiere
A 1110th GARLAND OF BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC COMPOSERS
In Garland 1109 the name of Ralph Butler cropped up as a co-song writer with Harry Tilsley. Butler was a prolific song-writer, often of songs very popular in his day and usually combined with someone else. Here is a sampling: There was When The King Goes By with Reg Connelly. Then Tolchard Evans was the collaborator in Englandís Good Enough For Me, Iím Off To Join The Army, SailorSail Me Round, The Haunted House, Letís Sing a Bright Song and Sheís Fallen For The Foreman.
With Noel Gay he brought out Hey Little Hen (1941), Letís All Sing At The Top Of Our Voices, Iíve Got A Hunch, My Old Car, Round The Marble Arch, The Sun Has Got His Hat On (two popular ones there) and We Mustnít Miss The Last Bus Home. Will Haines was the co-writer of Iím The Monster of Loch Ness, Barney Bernard and Paddy Roberts of Riding in a Char-a-banc, Stan Merrell and Eva Church of The Army Fell For Little Isabel. Ronnie for Our Little Baby Boy, Raymond Wallace for Give Yourself A Pat On The Back, Come And Have A Cuddle On The Common, Iím Happy When Iím Hiking, Shovel Up Your Troubles, Thereís A Good Time Coming, We Must All Stick Together, Weíre Uncomfortable and When A Black Sheep Meets A White Sheep and, finally Julian Wright and Howard Flynn collaborated with Butler for Riding On A Camel (this from a film).
Second, and finally, for another Butler, Roger Butler (no relation I believe) is worth a mention for Arachnaphone, a harp solo dating from 1996.
Philip L. Scowcroft
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