A Society Clown – 24 Songs of George Grossmith


Leon Berger/Selwyn Tillett



A Society Clown – The Songs of George Grossmith

Leon Berger (baritone), Selwyn Tillett (piano)

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 Grossmith, together with his brother Weedon, is still in print. Sadly he never recorded himself, but Leon Berger and Selwyn Tillett have re-created them wonderfully in period style in this recording.

1 CD

Duration: 76 minutes

Price: £10.00

Label: Divine Art

Number: 2-4105

Released: 1999

Track listing:

1. See me dance the polka (1886)
2. He was a careless man (circa 1877)
3. The bus conductor’s song (1883)
4. My Janet (dedicated to Sir Arthur Sullivan) (1883)
5. How I became an actor (à la Gilbert and Sullivan) (1883)
6. The lost key (1885)
7. The mother and her child were there! (1886)
8. Hi nose was on the mantelpiece (1889)
9. The French verbs song (1890)
10. I am not in the vein, my muse (1891)
11. Oh butcher, oh baker (1892)
12. If you value a peaceable life (1892)
13. I’m tired of the moon, my love and myself (1891)
14. Go on talking – don’t mind me! (1892)
15. I don’t mind flies (1892)
16. The baby on the shore (1893)
17. I’m his daisy (1893)
18. How I became a detective (1894)
19. My lady nature’s little joke (1895)
20. Tommy’s first love (1897)
21. I loved her and left her (1897)
22. Your honoured and ancient name (1900)
23. The happy old days at Peckham (1903)
24. See me reverse (1884)


Additional information

Weight 0.114 kg
Dimensions 14 × 1 × 12.5 cm