read a post in The Golden Age of British Dance Bands by Javier Soria
Laso about a data bass on the internet:
I discovered a number of recordings by Webster Booth
which I had not seen before – some of them had never been released.
He featured in recordings by the HMV
Light Opera Company
and the Light
Opera Male Chorus,
sometimes in the chorus and sometimes as a soloist. I have included
these recordings in my original list of missing recordings.
wonder whether the unreleased recordings are still in circulation or
whether they were discarded by HMV. I have a recording of Beauty’s
(Tosti) which is marked as unreleased, also Anne Ziegler’s test
recording of the Waltz
Possibly they were obtained from the Booths’ private record
anyone has any of the recordings listed below, I would be very glad
to have an MP3 of any one of them so that I can add it to the list of
recordings in this group.
BOOTH: Test recordings Serenata, Macushla Webster Booth, Reginald
Paul, C Studio, Small Queens Hall, London, 20 November 1929.
Comes the Bride Selection (Schwartz)
with Alice Moxon, Stuart Robertson, Webster Booth, George Baker/Ray
Noble/Studio C, Small Queens Hall, London/Cc18897-4,
25 March 1930.
Three Musketeers: Vocal Gems (Friml, Grey & Woodhouse),
Queen of my
heart, Your eyes, March of the Musketeersparts
1 and 2, C Studio, Small Queen’s Hall, London, 7
April 1930. LIGHT OPERA COMPANY, ORCHESTRA: RAY NOBLE, ALICE
MOXON soprano, BESSIE JONES soprano, NELLIE WALKER contralto, ESSIE
ACKLAND contralto, WALTER GLYNNE tenor, WEBSTER BOOTH tenor,
GEORGE BAKER baritone, STUART ROBERTSON bass-baritone.
C1920 C B Cochrane’s 1930 Revue: Vocal Gems, parts 1 and 2 : Piccadilly, With a song in my heart, Heaven, All the things you do, Part 2: Bakerloo, Just as we used to do, The wind in the willows, What became of Mary? C Studio, Small Queen’s Hall London, 16 May 1930. LIGHT OPERA COMPANY, ORCHESTRA: RAY NOBLE, BESSIE JONES soprano, Alice MOXON soprano, NELLIE WALKER contralto, ESSIE ACKLAND contralto, WEBSTER BOOTH tenor, WALTER GLYNNE tenor, GEORGE BAKER baritone, STUART ROBERTSON bass-baritone.
Decca K630 HMS
Pinafore Vocal Gems/Gilbert
and Sullivan, Anne Welch, Victor Conway, Doris Owens, Webster Booth
alone because I love you (Joe Young)/ When it’s sunset on the Nile
(Ray Ellison & Ted Renard) Kensington
Cinema, London, 6 March 1931. WEBSTER
BOOTH tenor, W. BRUCE-JAMES organ Not released by HMV.
White Horse Inn: Vocal gems (Benatzky-Stolz), parts 1: White
Horse Inn, My song of love, Your eyes; Part 2 Ho-Dri-Ho, Goodbye,
Sigesmund, It would be wonderful, Small Queen’s Hall London,
8 May 1931/14 May 1931, LIGHT OPERA COMPANY, Orchestra: RAY
NOBLE, BESSIE JONES soprano, NELLIE WALKER soprano, ESSIE
ACKLAND contalto, GEORGE BAKER baritone, STUART ROBERTSON
bass-baritone,JOHN TURNER tenor,WEBSTER BOOTH tenor.
I have this recording. Webster must feature in the chorus for his solo voice cannot be heard.
No 2 Studio, Abbey Road London, 7 November
Orchestra: RAY NOBLE, JOHN TURNER tenor, WEBSTER BOOTH tenor,
WALTER GLYNNE tenor, LEONARD GOWINGS tenor, GEORGE BAKER
baritone, STUART ROBERTSON bass-baritone, EDWARD HALLAND bass.
Robert Burns Medley, parts 1 and 2: My love is like a
red red rose,Green grow the rashes-O, Afton Water, No 2 Studio,
Abbey Road London, 5 December 1932,
COMPANY (orchestra: LAWRENCE COLLINGWOOD) ALICE MOXON
soprano, BESSIE JONES soprano, NELLIE WALKER soprano, ESSIE
ACKLAND contralto, WEBSTER BOOTH tenor, WALTER GLYNNE tenor,
GEORGE BAKER baritone, DENNIS ARUNDEL baritone.
including Peter Dawson, Webster Booth, Walter Glynne, George Baker,
Gladys Peel, Essie Ackland. Date
Columbia DB 1658 ORCHESTRE RAYMONDE, with Webster Booth, tenor and Angela Parselles, soprano, Cond. George Walter (real name Walter Goehr) Date unknown.
B8078 A dream of paradise (Claude Littleton & Hamilton Gray)/The old rustic bridge by the mill (Joseph P Skelly) Kingsway Hall, London, 23 October 1933, WALTER GLYNNE tenor, CHORUS, organ HERBERT DAWSON (orchestra Lawrance COLLINGWOOD) WEBSTER BOOTH tenor, JOHN TURNER tenor, EDWARD HALLAND baritone, PETER DAWSON bass-baritone, GEORGE BAKER baritone.
Sweet Genevieve (Tucker), solo STUART ROBERTSON; At
Trinity Church (Fred Gilbert), solo GEORGE BAKER; The honeysuckle and
the bee (Fitz & Penn), solo STUART ROBERTSON; b) If you want
to know the time (E W Rogers), solo GEORGE BAKER Studio No
1, Abbey Road London England, 7 November 1933 LIGHT
OPERA MALE CHORUS (orchestra: CLIFFORD GREENWOOD) WEBSTER
BOOTH tenor, JOHN TURNER tenor, EDWARD HALLAND bass, LEONARD HUBBARD
recording may be heard on Clypit: https://clyp.it/fjwbx5vs
Thanks to Robert Godridge.
The saucy Arethusa (trad.), solo STUART ROBERTSON; The
Bay of Biscay (Davy) Studio No 1, Abbey Road, London, 7
LIGHT OPERA MALE CHORUS (orchestra
CLIFFORD GREENWOOD) WEBSTER BOOTH tenor, JOHN TURNER
tenor, EDWARD HALLAND bass, LEONARD HUBBARD baritone
glory of the Motherland (McCall); England (Besly);
No 2 Studio, Abbey Road, London ,11 January 1934 PETER
bass-baritone (orchestra: CLIFFORD GREENWOOD), MALE
TURNER, tenor, WEBSTER BOOTH tenor, GEORGE BAKER baritone, STUART
sung in English: O sole mio; Torna; Funiculì Funiculà Studio
1, London, 20 December 1935, LIGHT
OPERA COMPANY, Orchestra:
WALTER GOEHR, INA SOUEZ (sop), WEBSTER BOOTH (ten) Chorus
Tosti Medley Part 1: Parted; Marechiare; Vorrei morire; Part
2: L’ultima canzone; Ideale; Mattinata; Goodbye, Studio 1.
London 11 February 1936, LIGHT OPERA COMPANY Orchestra: WALTER
GOEHR, INA SOUEZ (sop), WEBSTER BOOTH (ten) Chorus 8 men
Spanish Medley, part 1 – Perjura; Lolita; La paloma;
part 2 – La partida, El relicario; Ay ay ay, Studio
1, London, 10 February 1936 (as Sevillian
LIGHT OPERA COMPANY (orchestra:
WALTER GOEHR) INA SOUEZ (sop), WEBSTER BOOTH (ten) Chorus 8 men.
song (German)/Indian love call (Friml) Studio 3, London ,10
ANNE ZIEGLER (sop)(p) Test recordings.
all alone/May; I’ll
wait for you/
Webster Booth, Conductor: George
Scott-Wood, Studio 2, London, 21 July 1936, released December 1936,
deleted July 1939.
– Gramophone. Webster
Booth is a little off colour this month in two songs by May and
Feiner, I’m All Alone
and I’ll Wait for You,
both with orchestra on HMV B8476 (2S. 6d.), but this does not detract
from the fact that Mr Booth is probably the finest light tenor before
the public to-day.
RAPTURE Selection (Ivor Novello)
Why Is There Ever Goodbye?/Music In May,
The Manchuko/Finale – Music In May. 23
in December 1936 and deleted in April 1941.
of Lehár, part
are my heart’s delight, Love’s melody, Smokeland, Gipsy
Foreign Legion, Count of Luxembourg, Love’s melody Studio
2, London, 23 October 1936, LIGHT
soloists ERIKA STORM, WEBSTER BOOTH (ten), BBC Male Voice
Quartet (orchestra: WALTER GOEHR)
(Novello) Webster Booth, Muriel Barron (number
and date unknown)
star/Little Son (Bassett Silver), Studio 1 London 10
WEBSTER BOOTH (ten) (orchestra: CLIFFORD
was sent these recordings by Bassett Silver’s son.
mine (Sievier, de Rance) Studio 1, London, 10 February
WEBSTER BOOTH (ten)(orchestra WALTER GOEHR) Unissued.
O fair vision (Delibes, trans Claude Aveling) London,3
WEBSTER BOOTH (ten), LONDON PHILHARMONIC
ORCHESTRA (WARWICK BRAITHWAITE) Unissued.
and pure fraught with love (Flotow, trans Claude Aveling) London, 3
WEBSTER BOOTH (ten), LONDON PHILHARMONIC
ORCHESTRA:WARWICK BRAITHWAITE. Unissued.
Webster Booth (tenor) Ernest Lush (piano) 11 August 1939
DB 1877 MELODY OF THE WALTZ – Part 1: Waltzes by Gung’l; MELODY OF THE WALTZ; Part 2 : Waltzes by Gung’l, THE BOHEMIANS: light orchestra with Al Bollington at the Abbey Road studio Compton organ and Webster Booth, tenor. Released in October 1939 and deleted in February 1944.
Rosita (Kennedy/Carr)/When you wish upon a star (Harline &
Washington)(Pinocchio) Studio 1, London, 28
February 1940, WEBSTER BOOTH (ten) (orchestra CHARLES PRENTICE)
Released April 1940.
Deleted February 1944.
Rose of England: Crest of the Wave (Novello)/Beauty’s Eyes (F Paolo Tosti; F J Weatherley) Studio 3, London,27 March, 1941.
WEBSTER BOOTH (ten)(piano GERALD MOORE) Unissued.
have Webster’s recording of Beauty’s
Merrie England: Come to Arcadie (German) Studio 3, London, 19 October 1941,
ZIEGLER (sop), WEBSTER BOOTH (ten) (orchestra: DEBROY SOMERS)
July 1945 – War records Webster Booth, Sydney Burchall and Clarence Wright, sang in Songs Our Boys Sang and Marching Times.
records were not for sale to the general public, but sets were
available at most of the 5300 National Savings Centres throughout the
Country. Further information was available from the National
Savings Committee, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, SW1.
in the stilly night (trad; Tom Moore)/There is no death
(O’Hara; Johnstone) St Mark’s Church, Hamilton
Terrace, London , 11 January,1946 , WEBSTER
BOOTH (ten) (organ HERBERT DAWSON) Unissued. Webster also made
a recording of There is no Death for HMV which was issued.
October 1946 Gramophone Webster Booth (tenor), Gerald Moore (piano): All Soul’s Day, opus No 8 (Bernhoff/Richard Strauss); Memory Island (Askew/Harrison) HMV B9502 (10”)
setting of All Soul’s Day
calls for singing of considerable emotional stress, and when Webster
Booth gets impassioned his voice loses the easy charm that is its
chief characteristic. His words are a model of distinctness and the
accompaniment of Gerald Moore is perfect, but the song is not a very
The singer is more at
home in Memory Island,
in which a sailor home from the sea for good, casts his memory back,
Masefield-wise, to the blue lagoons, coral islands and what not of
the rover. It is a nice song with, for its type, an unusually good
a song (V Youmans; W Rose and E Eluscu)/ My song goes round the world
(E Neubach; English version K J Kennedy, ?Hans May) London,8 January 1948,
WEBSTER BOOTH (ten) Orchestra: ERIC
my songs were only winged (Reynaldo Hahn) London, 11 July
1950, WEBSTER BOOTH (ten) Orchestra: MARK LUBBOCK Unissued.
Maritza: Komm Zigeuner (Kalman; McConnell) London,20
WEBSTER BOOTH (ten) Orchestra: MARK LUBBOCK
Decca F9921 Sanctuary
of the Heart (Ketelby); He
Bought My Heart At Calvary (Hamblen)
with choir of St Stephen’s Church Dulwich, Fela Sowande (organ)
Collen Updated: 10 September, 2019