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Nat D. Ayer sings 'I Like a Place Where the Peaches Grow' from Houp La!, London, 1917

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Published on Oct 30, 2009

Nat D. Ayer (1887-1952), who arrived in England from the United States 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 'I Like a Place Where the Peaches Grow,' which proved an effective number for his appearance in Houp La!, a comedy with music, when it opened at the St. Martin's Theatre, London, on 23 November 1916. He recorded the song for the HMV label (C-768), accompanied by a chorus and the St. Martin's Theatre Orchestra conducted by James Sale, at the studios of The Gramophone Company Ltd at Hayes, near London, on 11 January 1917.

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