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Nat D. Ayer sings 'Cleopatra' from Pell Mell, London, 1916

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Published on Sep 13, 2009

Nat D. Ayer (1887-1952), who arrived in England with the American Ragtime Octette in 1912, was composer of a string of hit songs, including 'Oh, You Beautiful Doll,' 'You're My Baby' and 'If You Were the Only Girl in the World.' Here he sings another of his compositions entitled 'Cleopatra' from the review Pell Mell, which opened at the Ambassadors' Theatre, London, on 5 June 1916; he is accompanied by an orchestra conducted by Edward Jones of the Ambassadors'. It was recorded for the HMV label (C-694) at the studios of The Gramophone Co Ltd, Hayes, Middlesex, on 19 June 1916. Other members of the Pell Mell cast were Alice Delysia, Morris Harvey, Dorothy Minto, Leon Morton and Moya Nugent.

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