Bransby Williams – discography

 

Bransby Williams (Bransby William Pharez, 1870-1961) is little remembered now but was a regular on the music hall stage, famed for his impersonations of great actors of the time, for his humorous monologues, and particularly for his performances of Dickensian characters. He recorded extensively from at least 1905 to 1948, starting with Edison cylinders, then HMV and Zonophone, Pathé, Winner, Columbia and Decca. He recorded his interpretation of Scrooge in 1905, 1906 and 1912 (Edison), 1909 (HMV), 1912 (Winner), 1912, 1924 and 1926 (Columbia) and 1948 (DECCA). His Scrooge of 1928 was the first Dickens sound film. He later performed the role for an early BBC TV production on December 27th 1950. He also appears in a couple of British Pathé shorts.

EDISON

July 1905

13344                       13344                       ‘Is pipe – Monologue

13345                       13345                       Christmas Eve in Old England – Descriptive (w Carol Singers (male quartet))

13348                       13348                       THE BELLS (Lewis): Murder scene (Imitation of Sir Henry Irving)

13352                       13352                       PICKWICK PAPERS (Charles Dickens): Wardle’s Christmas Party (w Carol Singers (male quartet))

13353                       13353                       A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN PROSE (Charles Dickens): Scrooge’s awakening (w Carol Singers (male quartet))

 

March 1906

13488                       13488                       The cynic – Monologue

13508                       13508                       DAVID COPPERFIELD (Charles Dickens): Wilkins Micawber’s advice

 

August 1911

4M-12378               A 12378                   A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN PROSE (Charles Dickens): Scrooge’s awakening – intro.: “God rest ye merry, gentlemen” (w Carol Singers (quartet), chimes, organ)

4M-12378-1            BA 23139                A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN PROSE (Charles Dickens): Scrooge’s awakening – intro.: “God rest ye merry, gentlemen” (w Carol Singers (quartet), chimes, organ)

4M-12378-2            BA 23139                A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN PROSE (Charles Dickens): Scrooge’s awakening – intro.: “God rest ye merry, gentlemen” (w Carol Singers (quartet), chimes, organ)

4M-12379               A 12379                   The street watchman’s Christmas (Winter)

4M-12379               BA 23148                The street watchman’s Christmas (Winter)

 

September 1911

4M-12396               A 12396                   THE BELLS (Lewis): Dream scene (Imitation of Sir Henry Irving)

 

February 1912

4M-12452               A 12452                   The charge of the Light Brigade (Alfred Lord Tennyson)

 

May 1912

4M-12483               A 12483                   The green eye of the little yellow god (Milton Hayes)

4M-12483               BA 23172                The green eye of the little yellow god (Milton Hayes)

 

August 1912

4M-12511               A 12511                   DAVID COPPERFIELD (Charles Dickens): Wilkins Micawber and Uriah Heep

 

November 1912

4M-23031               BA 23031                The burial of Sir John Moore (Wolfe)

 

HMV

Matrix no.                Side no.                 Cat. No.              Title

 

9th October 1908

2631f                        01011                    C501                   David Copperfield: Dialoge between Mr Micawber and Uriah Heep (Dickens)

2632f                        01012                                                 A Christmas Carol: Bob Crachit telling of Scrooge (Dickens)

2633f                        01017                    C501                   The old man’s pipe

2634f                        01021                                                 Devil may care

2635f                        01015                                                The student

2636f                        01014                    C500                   A Tale of Two Cities: Sidney Carton’s farewell (Dickens)

 

5th October 1909

3685f                                                                                    Bleak House: Old miser Smallweed (Charles Dickens)

3686f                        Z-041001             A115                   David Copperfield: Dan’l Peggotty (Dickens)

3687f                        Z-041000             A115                   How we saved the barge (Helier)

10806e                                                                                 Jim Bludsoe, An American poem (Colonel John Hay)

 

7th October 1909

3703f                        01029                    C499                   A Christmas Carol: Scrooge before the dream (Dickens)(No 1)

3704f                        01031                    C500                   A Christmas Carol: The awakening (No 3)

3705f                        01030                    C499                   A Christmas Carol: The dream (No 2)

 

8th October 1909

10831e                                                                                 Banty Jim (Colonel John Hay)

 

WINNER

Matrix no.                Side no.                 Cat. No.              Title

 

Issued Dec 1912

3301                         463                        2234                   The Street Watchman (J.C. Winter)

3302                         464                        2234                   The Same Old Game

 

Issued Jan 1914

3297-2                      1033                      2533                   Scrooge – Before the Dream

3299-1-2                  1034                      2533                   Scrooge – After the Dream

 

PATHE ROOSTER – 1917-8 catalogue

20863                                                                                   Devil-May Care (Taylor) / Uncle George (Newman)

20864                                                                                   The Coward (Hennequin) / The Heroine, The Hero, and the Villain (Newman)

20865                                                                                   The Charge of the Light Brigade (Tennyson) / The Murder in the Forest (Williams)

20866                                                                                   The Penny Showman. Part 1 / Part 2 (Williams)

20867                                                                                   Micawber, ” David Copperfield ” (Dickens) / Bill Sykes, ” Oliver Twist ” (Dickens)

20868                                                                                   The Colonel (Winter) / The Caretaker (Winter)

20869                                                                                   Golyers Ben (Hay) / The Green Eye of the Yellow God. Mad Carew (Hayes)

20870                                                                                   ‘Is Pipe. An Old Man’s Soliloquy to his Pipe (Taylor) / The Plumber (Wynne)

20871                                                                                   Captain Cuttle, “Dombey and Son” (Dickens) / The Clean Sweep (Newman)

20872                                                                                   The Student / The Portrait (Lord Lytton)

 

COLUMBIA

Matrix no.                Cat. No.                Issued                 Title

 

1912 – 12”

6275-2                      347                        12/12-5/24        A Christmas Carol – Scrooge Before the Dream

6276-2                      347                        12/12-5/24        A Christmas Carol – Scrooge The Dream

6277-1                      348                        12/12-5/24        A Christmas Carol – Scrooge After the Dream

6278-1                      348                        12/12-5/24        David Copperfield – Micawber’s Advice

6279-2                      350                        2/13-6/24           The Showman (Williams) Pt 1 (w Orch)

6280-1                      350                        2/13-6/24           The Showman (Williams) Pt 2 (w Orch)

 

1913 – 12”

6352-1                      388                        7/13-6/24           Green Eye of the Little Yellow God (Hayes)

6356-2                      388                        7/13-6/24           The Caretaker (Winter)

6355-2                      400                        9/13-6/24           Oliver Twist – Bill Sikes (Dickens)

6354-1-2                  400                        9/13-6/24           Pickwick Papers – Tony Weller (Dickens)

6364-1                      408                        10/13-6/24        As Sir Henry Irving in “The Bells” (Lewis)

6365-1-2                  408                        10/13-6/24        The Portrait (Lytton)

 

1913 – 10”

28580                       2264                      12/13                  A Tale of Two Cities – Sydney Carton’s Farewell (Dickens)

28581                       2264                      12/13                  David Copperfield – Death of Little Nell (Dickens)

?                                 2291                      1/14                    The Murder in the Forest (Williams)

?                                 2291                      1/14                    The Plumber (H Wynne)

28697                       2334                      2/14                    The Student (?)

28699                       2645                      3/16                    The Murder in the Forest (B Williams)

28700                       2334                      2/14                    Hullo!( S W Foss)

 

1914 – 10”

29026                       2560                      7/15                    Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Death of Uncle Tom (H.B. Stowe)

29028                       2645                      3/16                    The Hero, The Heroine and the Villain (G Newman)

29169                       2471                      12/14                  The two waifs (W Virgo)

29171                       2471                      12/14                  Daddy’s return from the war (Harrington, Scott)

29249-1                   2498                      1/15                    Spotty (Hannequin, Parker)

29250-1                   2498                      1/15                    The Coward (Hannequin, Hemsey)

 

1915 – 10”

29251                       2560                      7/15                    Devil-may-care (Taylor, Clarke)

29923                       2636                      2/16                    The Old Country – The Village (w Company)

29924                       2636                      2/16                    The Old Country – London (w Company)

 

1916 – 12”

6703-1                      594                        3/16-5/24           The Stage Doorkeeper (Impersonations) Pt 1

6704-1                      594                        3/16-5/24           The Stage Doorkeeper (Impersonations) Pt 2

 

1916 – 10”

65160                       2667                      6/16                    The Yukon Trail (J M Hayes)

65161                       2667                      6/16                    The Lounger (C J Winter)

65197                       2680                      7/16                    Doctor Yank of Quackem (Williams)

65198                       2680                      7/16                    Bleak House – Grandfather Smallweed (Dickens)

65565                       2723                      12/16                  Seaside Cries (descriptive) (Cecil, Newman)

65566                       2723                      12/16                  The Author (Williams)

 

1921 – 10”

71395-1                   3062                      12/21                  The three bears (arr. H C Ridout)

71396-2                   3063                      12/21                  The three little pigs (arr. H C Ridout)

71410-1                   3063                      12/21                  Dick Whitting and his cat (arr. H C Ridout)

71411-1                   3062                      12/21                  Jack and the Beanstalk (arr. H C Ridout)

 

1922 – 10”

71941                       3177                      12/22                  The Sleeping Princess (arr. H C Ridout)

71942                       3177                      12/22                  Puss in Boots (arr. H C Ridout)

 

4th April 1924 – 12”

6276-3                      347                        5/24-5/26           A Christmas Carol – Scrooge The Dream

6278-3                      348                        5/24-5/26           David Copperfield – Micawber’s Advice

 

14th April 1924 – 12”

6275-3                      347                        5/24-5/26           A Christmas Carol – Scrooge Before the Dream

6277-4                      348                        5/24-5/26           A Christmas Carol – Scrooge After the Dream

 

21st April 1924 – 10”

29028-3-4                2645                      ?/24                     The Hero, The Heroine and the Villain (G Newman)

28699-3                   2645                      ?/24                     The Murder in the Forest (B Williams)

 

2nd May 1924 – 12”

6352-3                      388                        6/24-5/26           Green Eye of the Little Yellow God (Hayes)

6356-3                      388                        6/24-5/26           The Caretaker (Winter)

 

21st May 1924 – 12”

6279-4                      350                        6/24-5/28           The Showman (Williams) Pt 1 (w Orch/Ketelbey)

6280-3                      350                        6/24-5/28           The Showman (Williams) Pt 2 (w Orch/Ketelbey)

6354-4                      400                        6/24-7/29           Pickwick Papers – Tony Weller (Dickens)

 

23rd May 1924 – 12”

6355-4                      400                        6/24-7/29           Oliver Twist – Bill Sikes (Dickens)

6364-4                      408                        6/24-7/29           As Sir Henry Irving in “The Bells” (Lewis)

6365-3                      408                        6/24-7/29           The Portrait (Lytton)

6703-2                      594                        6/24-7/29           The Stage Doorkeeper (Impersonations) Pt 1

 

21st April 1925 – 10”

29250-3                   2498                      ?/25                     The Coward (Hannequin, Hemsey)

 

1925 – 10”

A2009                      3774                      11/25                  The difference (Kelly, Longstaffe)

A2011                      3774                      11/25                  Not old (J Day)

 

1926 – 10”

WA 3211-1              4013                      9/26                    The Charge of the Light Brigade (Tennyson)

WA 3212-1              4013                      9/26                    Henry V – The King’s Speech before Harfleur

 

31st March 1926 – 12”

WAX 1397-2           347R                     5/26-2/44           A Christmas Carol – Scrooge Before the Dream

WAX 1396-2           347R                     5/26-2/44           A Christmas Carol – Scrooge The Dream

WAX 1398-1           348R                     5/26-2/44           A Christmas Carol – Scrooge After the Dream

WAX 1399-1           348R                     5/26-2/44           David Copperfield – Micawber’s Advice

 

1st April 1926 – 12”

WAX 1400-1           388R                     5/26-2/43           Green Eye of the Little Yellow God (Hayes)

WAX 1401-1           388R                     5/26-2/43           The Caretaker (Winter)

 

1928 – 10”

WA 6936-1              4836                      5/28                    The Old Curiosity Shop – Death of Little Nell (Dickens)

WA 6935-1              4836                      5/28                    A Tale of Two Cities – Sidney Carton’s Farewell (Dickens)

WA 6919-1              4837                      5/28                    The difference (Kelly, Longstaffe)

WA 6920-1              4837                      5/28                    Not old (Julius Day)

 

9th February 1928 – 12”

WAX 3234-1           9299                      6/28-1/38           The Showman – burlesque sketch Pt 1 (Bransby Williams/Orch/Raybould)

WAX 3235-1           9299                      6/28-1/38           The Showman – burlesque sketch Pt 2 (Bransby Williams/Orch/Raybould)

 

October 1933 – 12”

CAX 6971-1            DX544                  12/33                  A Charles Dickens Christmas – Part 1 (written by Lee & Weston)

CAX 6972-1            DX544                  12/33                  A Charles Dickens Christmas – Part 2 (written by Lee & Weston)

 

DECCA

7th July 1948

AR 12497-1            AK 1963                  A Christmas Carol – Scrooge Before the Dream (Dickens)

AR 12498-1            AK 1963                  A Christmas Carol – Scrooge The Dream (Dickens)

AR 12499-1            AK 1964                  A Christmas Carol – Scrooge After the Dream (Dickens)

AR 12500-1            AK 1964                  Dombey and Son – Captain Cuttle (Dickens)

 

? July 1948

DR 12529-1            F 9277                      David Copperfield – Wilkins Micawber

DR 12530-1            F 9277                      David Copperfield – Dan’l Peggotty