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Herbert Darnley

Herbert Darnley (12 May 1872 – 1947), real name Herbert Walter McCarthy, was a British music hall comedian, song writer, popular early recording artist and theatrical producer, active from the 1890s until the early 1940s, who claimed descent from Edmund Kean.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 12th, 1872 (Chatham), Died January 1st, 1947

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1920

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, songwriter


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 74138 12-in. approximately 7/26/1920 It's strange what one can do without George Robey Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Gramophone 2246' 7-in. 3/13/1901 Some mother will lose a son Herbert Darnley Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  


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