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Walter Miller - She's a Lassie from Lancashire 1907

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Published on Sep 9, 2010

Walter Miller was one of many names used by James Baker aka Stanley Kirkby. One of the most prolific recording artists of the gramophone's early days. Kirkby's typical payment for a session was the then-astronomical £90 for six titles in a three-hour session, something that the singer could do without breaking sweat. This was just slightly less than a skilled printer's annual wage at this time. In his memoirs, recording engineer Joe Batten recalled Kirkby's productivity: 'This was before the days of exclusive contracts and royalty payments. Stanley was a freelance and he was doing similar work at much the same payment with other companies, probably three a week..He had the finest recording voice of all the artistes I have heard in recording studios. It was a pure baritone. His diction was perfect, and he had a versatility in interpretation that distinguished him from all others.'." i've added some contemporary sheet music - some seem offensive nowadays but I put 'em up for interest. This is Zonofone single side 78rpm which they stopped making in 1911. Song composed by CW Murphy, Dan Lipton & Neat in 1907. Upload for fair use and educational purposes only

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