PE0285. BABY BUNTING (Nat D. Ayer & Clifford Grey), recorded 1919, w.Jacques Greebe Cond. Shaftsbury Theatre Ensemble; Ronald Squire, William Catlett, Dorothy Brunton, Frank Attree, Daisy Elliston, Joyce Barbour, Davy Burnaby, The Gleesome Singers, etc. (England) Palaeophonics 147, w.Elaborate 'The Play' 20pp. Brochure replete with numerous photos of the Shaftsbury Theatre 1919 production & biographies. Excellently transferred from the legendary Acoustic 78rpm English Columbia rarities.
"BABY BUNTING, a musical comedy by Fred Thompson and Worton with Lyrics by Clifford Grey with music by Nat. D. Ayer, opened on 25 Sept. 1919 and ran for 213 performances. Alongside his performing career, Harry Nicholls also worked as a playwright, scoring a major hit with the comedy JANE (1890 w William Lestocq) and then further successes as the part-author of two of the most internationally played of the Gaiety Theatre musical comedies, A RUNAWAY GIRL and THE TOREADOR. In a busy and eclectic career, he also wrote many lyrics for both popular and show songs and appeared at the Gaiety in the role of Hooker Pacha in THE MESSENGER BOY (1900). Nicholls' JANE was turned into a musical comedy in 1919 under the title BABY BUNTING (Nat D Ayer/Clifford Grey/Fred Thompson, Worton David)."
- British Musical Theatre
“If you are interested in what original audiences of early 20th century English operetta and musical comedy heard, there is a great source for such recordings – the record label Paleophonics. Dominic Combe prepares CDs for them from his huge collection of shellacs and a few cylinders.
I came across these somewhat hard-to-find CDs on the website of the mail-order company NORBECK, PETERS AND FORD, (norpete.com) which is specialized in historical performances from the beginning of recorded sound all the way through to the 1960s.
There are now over fifty Paleophonics CDs, and more are being prepared or scheduled for future release. Each CD comes with a lavishly illustrated program booklet with reviews, information about the shows and fantastic publicity photographs, and artwork from the original London productions, in the form of reproductions of the magazine PLAY PICTORIAL.”
- Thomas Krebs, OPERETTA RESEARCH CENTER - PALEOPHONICS - A JOURNEY TO THE DAWN OF RECORDED SOUND IN MUSICAL COMEDY, 1 July, 2020