A Society Clown


Catalogue No: DDV 24105
EAN/UPC: 5028117410623
Artists: ,
Release Date: February 2000
Genres: ,
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 76:19

George Grossmith was one of Britain’s top music hall artists at the turn of the 20th century, and also successfully toured the American vaudeville theatres. His comic songs (some written in collaboration with W S Gilbert) range widely in style and many came from shows and revues which enjoyed great success. He was also the creator of several roles in the Savoy Operas.The best-selling novel “Diary of a Nobody” , written by “GG” together with his brother Weedon, is still in print.

Sadly he never recorded himself, but Leon Berger and Selwyn Tillett, acknowledged authorities on Grossmith and his music, have re-created them wonderfully in period style.

Track Listing

    George Grossmith:

  1. See me Dance the Polka (2:54)
  2. He was a Careless Man (2:42)
  3. The Bus Conductor’s Song (2:10)
  4. My Janet (3:43)
  5. How I became an Actor (2:30)
  6. The Lost Key (3:42)
  7. The Mother and her Child were There! (2:12)
  8. His Nose was on the Mantelpiece (2:37)
  9. The French Verbs Song (2:01)
  10. I am Not in the Vein, my Muse (3:42)
  11. Oh Butcher, Oh Baker (1:54)
  12. If you Value a Peaceable Life (2:38)
  13. I’m Tired of the Moon, my Love and Myself (3:00)
  14. Go on Talking – Don’t mind Me (4:20)
  15. I Don’t Mind Flies (3:41)
  16. The Baby on the Shore (3:45)
  17. I’m his Daisy (3:12)
  18. How I became a Detective (3:14)
  19. My Lady Nature’s Little Joke (3:12)
  20. Tommy’s First Love (3:30)
  21. I Loved Her and I Left Her (4:47)
  22. Your Honoured and Ancient Name (2:12)
  23. The Happy old Days at Peckham (4:01)
  24. See me Reverse (4:33)


MusicWeb International

In the course of his work, this reviewer is sent a few divine recordings, many good ones, too many so-so’s and occasionally a bizarre one such as this album, fondly described by its makers as – ‘Over 75 minutes of Victorian fun.’ Grossmith seems to have been a jack-of-all-trades (and I will refrain from the […]

” —Ian Lace

George Grossmith was most famous as the creator of nearly all of Gilbert & Sullivan’s great clown roles… but he was also a successful composer for music-hall revues. This interesting disc gathers his most famous songs. It’s unfortunate that Grossmith never made any recordings (although enough of his contemporaries have so that we have a […]

” —James Camner
In The Groove

If you like Gilbert & Sullivan, you will most likely enjoy the songs of George Grossmith. The songs are indeed witty and stand up well today. The music is well recorded and well performed

” —Phil Stewart
British Music Society

The booklet is very nicely presented and the CD which is well recorded and affords generous measure is generally very recommendable

” —Phil Scowcroft