Ralph Thomas Butler (12 October 1886 – 8 April 1969) was a British songwriter, responsible for the lyrics of many popular songs of the 1930s and later, mostly with comic or novelty elements.
He was active as a songwriter from the late 1920s until the mid-1950s. Among his most famous songs were "All By Yourself In The Moonlight" (1929), published under the pseudonym Jay Wallis, which reportedly sold over a million copies; "Let’s Sing The Cuddly Song" (written with Julian Wright, 1929); "The Sun Has Got His Hat On" (1932), "Run Rabbit Run" (1939), and "Hey! Little Hen" (1941), all co-written with Noel Gay; "Let's All Go To The Music Hall" (1934), written with Harry Tilsley and Lawrence Wright; "There's A Lovely Lake In London" (1935), with Tolchard Evans and Stanley Damerell; "Horsey Horsey" (1938), with Paddy Roberts; "Come And Have A Drink At The Victory Arms" (1941), with Tolchard Evans; and "Nellie the Elephant" (1956), written with Peter Hart. Another song, also co-written with Noel Gay, "We Don't Know Where We're Going" (1944), was used to great effect during war scenes in the movie Overlord.
He died in 1969 in a London hospital, at the age of 82.
Birth and Death Data: Born October 12, 1886, Died April 8, 1969
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1940
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, songwriter
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-62702||10-in.||6/6/1930||Anímese a sí mismo||Marimba Centro-Americana||Marimba band||composer|
|Victor||BS-80641||10-in.||6/18/1934||Old White's whiskers||Red Nichols ; Pennies ; Songcopators||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-042370||10-in.||1/16/1940||Run, rabbit, run!||Four King Sisters ; Alvino Rey||Female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band||lyricist|
|Victor||BS-045987||10-in.||1/24/1940||Run, rabbit, run||Enoch Light Orchestra ; Bunny O'Dare||Jazz/dance band, with vocal solo||lyricist|
|Columbia||[W]150386||10-in.||5/3/1930||Give yourself a pat on the back||Bill Coty ; Hotel Pennsylvania Music [Lloyd Keating and his Music]||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W150411||10-in.||5/13/1930||Give yourself a pat on the back||Johnny Walker and his Rollickers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet||composer|
|Brunswick||E32771||10-in.||5/14/1930||Give yourself a pat on the back||Hal Kemp Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal ensemble||composer|
|Gramophone||0EA642||10-in.||On or before 12/14/1934||Where the mountains meet the sea||Jack Jackson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||lyricist|
|Gramophone||Bb18570||10-in.||1/17/1930||Give yourself a pat on the back||Jack Hylton Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal||composer|
|Columbia (U.K.)||WL2381||10-in.||7/8/1930||Donne-toi une tape dans le dos||Pierre Chagnon ; Georges Milton||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Butler, Ralph," accessed December 7, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113219.
Butler, Ralph. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 7, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/113219.
"Butler, Ralph." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 7 December 2023.
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