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Devil May Not Care
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Green Tie of the Little Yellow Dog
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If Winter Comes
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No Power On Earth
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From My Window in Vanity Fair
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Mother Doesn't Know I'm On The Stage
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One Over the Eight
Please Let Me Sleep On Your Doorstep
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She Was Happier When She Was Poor
She's Mine
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A Soldier's Soliloquy
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This Medal
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Don't Send My Boy to Prison
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A Real Guy
The Bugle Calls
Billy Bennett
BILLY BENNETT was born in 1887, the year that the great clown Grimaldi died, and some experts believe he took up the mantle of the famous Victorian entertainer. Before reaching his star stature, Billy apparently graduated from being an acrobat and, for a period, the rear end of an elephant! He was a Londoner and knew the Cockney scene intimately, basing a number of his most popular songs and sketches on the activities of comic villains - a theme virtually untouched by any other music hall performer. Billy's slogan was 'Almost a Gentleman' and he did his best to live up to it by wearing an ill-fitting dress suit, a waistcoat out of which his shirt hung, and a large, untrimmed walrus moustache. His style was raucous, and with his coarse, non-stop approach would batter any audience into submission with songs like The Green Tie of the Little Yellow Dog, with its references to 'who-flung-dung' and 'Gonga-pooch' which is the Hindu word for bum! Apart from various songs with a military slant -for which he would dress up in a scruffy army uniform - Billy was also the composer of that famous song of the pretty country girl who is lured to the bright lights of the city and there suffers the inevitable fate at the hands of some wealthy gent, 'It's the same the whole world over - it's the poor what gets the blame!' For this piece of inspired vulgarity alone, Billy Bennett has a special place in the comedy singer's hall of fame.