William Hargreaves

William Hargreaves (1880–1941) was a British composer, mainly of songs for the music hall. His most famous composition was '"Burlington Bertie from Bow" in 1916 but he also wrote "Delaney's Donkey", "I Know Where the Flies Go", "PC 49", "We All Went Marching Home Again", "They Built Piccadilly For Me" and "Give My Regards to Leicester Square".

Hargreaves is also sometimes credited with several songs for Billy Williams, including "Postcards" (1908); and "I Must Go Home Tonight" (1909).

His "It's The Old Army Game" was added to the originally American musical Poppy when it was performed in London stage in 1924.

He was married to the American singer and male impersonator Ella Shields from 1906 to 1923, when she was granted a divorce. Hargreaves wrote "Burlington Bertie from Bow" for Shields; an earlier song with a similar title had been sung by Vesta Tilley.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1880, Died 1941

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1914 - 1923

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 6934 12-in. approximately 1916 Burlington Bertie from Bow Ella Shields Female vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 76516 12-in. approximately 1919 The King's navee Ella Shields Female vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Edison 3442 10-in. Nov. 1914 Bravo territorials Elizabeth Spencer Female vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Edison 3456 10-in. Nov. 1914 Farewell, Isabelle Reed Miller Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hargreaves, William," accessed December 4, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101503.

Hargreaves, William. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101503.

"Hargreaves, William." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 4 December 2023.

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