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"The Punch and Judy Show" written by Ben Black

Oldiesmann

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Oldiesmann @ 2019-11-22 23:27:49 UTC

I've just added a few versions of a song called The Punch and Judy Show by Ben Black, relating to the famous puppet show of the same name. I found a version of it on the flip side of Gracie Fields' version of "Singin' in the Bathtub", but don't know who recorded the original. All three versions I've added so far are from 1930. Does anyone have additional info on this?

jojo

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jojo @ 2019-11-23 12:28:10 UTC

Hi Michael,


Here's the additional info I can provide:



The Punch and Judy Show by Gracie Fields


According to "The Complete Entertainment Discography" by Brian Rust:


Recorded February 14, 1930 in Hayes, Middlesex, England.



The Punch and Judy Show by Jack Payne


According to "British Dance Bands on Record 1911 to 1945" by Brian Rust & Sandy Forbes.


Recorded February 8, 1930 in London, England.



The Punch and Judy Show by Layton and Johnstone


Recorded approximately end April 1930.



But the song was copyrighted in 1929 (Chappell and Co) and most likely first published on sheetmusic.


The earliest recording I found in "British Dance Bands on Record 1911 to 1945" by Brian Rust & Sandy Forbes.


Harry Hudson's Melody Men

Recorded December 24, 1929 in London.

Released on Edison Bell Radio 1317.

Matrix 89650-2


https://www.discogs.com/de/Harry-Hudsons-Melody-Men-With-Max-Klein-Dance-Of-The-…



After this, in January and February 1930, various versions were recorded by the likes of Harry bidgood, Ambrose, Stan Greening, Charles "Nat" Star, Bert & John Firman and Jach Hylton.


JoJo greets

Oldiesmann

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Oldiesmann @ 2019-11-23 22:06:28 UTC

Thanks. I added the Melody Men version and marked that as the first recording for the time being.