C. H. Bovill

C.H. Bovill (born Charles H. Bovill in 1878 ) was a writer, songwriter and lyricist best known for his collaboration with P.G. Wodehouse on the short story collection A Man of Means. He contributed to the original Broadway musicals A Princess of Kensington (1903) (songs), The Little Cherub (1906) (additional lyrics), The Girls of Gottenberg (1908) (lyrics for "I Can't Say That You're the Only One"), Fluffy Ruffles (1908) (songs with lyrics), Peggy (1911) (lyrics), and The Big Show (1916) (additional lyrics).

In London he was one of the lyricists, along with Wodehouse, for Seymour Hicks's 1907 musical The Gay Gordons; Wodehouse also worked on Bovill's revue Nuts and Wine, which debuted at the Empire Theatre on 4 January 1914. The two had worked earlier together on the London newspaper The Globe. Wodehouse moved into Bovill's flat; it was while working on the revue that Bovill came up with the idea for the A Man of Means stories that were published in The Strand Magazine in England and the Delineator in the United States. The collected stories were published in 1916.

Bovill died on 21 March 1918.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1878, Died January 1, 1918

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1909

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-6715 10-in. 1/12/1909 I can't say you're the only one Ada Jones ; Billy Murray Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 1625 7-in. ca. 1903 At the seaside Dan W. Quinn Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 1625 10-in. ca. 1903 At the seaside Dan W. Quinn Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  


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