IT'S A LONG, LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY

Latest update on 30/06/2017

Artist: Cecilian Quartette
Author: Jack Judge/Harry Williams
Label: HMV
Year: 1913

Author Jack Judge, a music hall performer from Oldbury in the English Midlands, never set foot on Irish soil, let alone in Tipperary. Wrote it in less than a day and introduced it that same evening in the Grand Theatre in Stalybridge. Became the hit of WW I. In the opening weeks of that conflict, a Daily Mail reporter witnessed troops of the British Expeditionary Force singing it while they disembarked in France. Within days every newspaper had printed the lyrics and the record industry experienced its biggest hit to date. No wonder: this is pure homesickness set to an optimistic march rhythm.

Covers:

1913:

Harry Fay [for Zonophone]

1913:

Florrie Forde [Australian music hall star in England]

1914:

John McCormack [winning him his worldwide reputation as chief Irish tenor]

1914:

American Quintet [in Broadway musical Chin Chin]

1914:

Al Jolson [in revue Dancing Around]

1914:

7th Bn of the Connaught Rangers Regt of the British Army [counting many soldiers from Co. Tipperary in its ranks]

1942:

Bob Crosby

1943:

Bing Crosby & Dinah Shore [on V-Disc]

1958:

Kenneth McKellar

1960:

Russ Conway

1962:

Blue Diamonds

1964:

Mance Lipscomb

1968:

Tiny Tim

1972:

Rev. Gary Davis

1983:

Raymond Van het Groenewoud

1999:

June Tabor [in medley with Bill Caddick's The Writing Of Tipperary, telling the story behind the song and its historical significance]

2001:

Norbert Detaeye

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