Australian born Florrie Forde was a popular singer and music hall entertainer in the UK. ‘During World War I, her most famous songs were some of the best known of the period, including “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag”, “It’s A Long Way To Tipperary” and “Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty”.
I was interested to find that not only was the 1915 ‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag’ written by Welshmen George Asaf (aka George Henry Powell) and his brother Felix Powell, but ‘Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty’ was written by Swansea born Fred Godfrey (aka Llewelyn Williams).
Educated in Swansea, composer and friend of Dylan Thomas, Daniel Jones “As well as composing song-settings for Thomas’s Under Milk Wood (1954) and dedicating his fourth symphony (1954) to Thomas’s memory, he edited collections of Thomas’s poetry and prose, and in 1977 published the memoir, My Friend Dylan Thomas.”.
The renowned Unitarian minister Rev D Jacob Davies recorded a Welsh language version of Dylan’s ‘A Story (The Outing)’. Released on Cambrian records it is the first side of this album ‘Jacob…ar ei orau!’ which translates as ‘Jacob…at his best!’. The story is described on the back as ‘more than a translation…’.
Used to be based at 139 Walter rd, Swansea. It was home to a credit union last time the google streetview car went by…
Swansea recordings include this one by Horizon Recordings ltd, Dylan Thomas House, 32 Alexandra rd
This from Swan Records Limited, Swansea. No mention of whereabouts in Swansea they were based…a fine figure of a hound though!
and these from Recordiau Mynydd Mawr, who were at 381 Gors Avenue, Cockett, Swansea
Dylan Thomas House on Alexandra rd was where the BBC recorded the 1963 version of Under Milk Wood with Richard Burton apparently. I don’t seem to have that one but found this one from 1954. (BBC article about the 1954 version)