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Albert Chevalier, English actor and music hall character vocalist, as he appeared for the song ‘A Fallen Star,’

December 27, 2012

Albert Chevalier (1861-1923), English actor and music hall character vocalist, as he appeared for the song ‘A Fallen Star,’ which he wrote in 1898 with Alfred H. West (photo: unknown, England, circa 1905)

‘Whenever I have a spare afternoon, I turn to the Queen’s Hall, where Mr. Chevalier appears daily. He is one of the entertainers I never tire of. No matter how often he sings a song, he seems to give it new life every time. His types, from the coster to the vicar, the old yokel (with his country cocksureness ”’E can’t take a rise out of oy”), and the French comedian, are all of them finished portraits quite distinct from one another. My only complaint is that Mr. Chevalier does not appear often enough, but gives us other entertainers, apparently in a terror lest he should bore us. That is impossible, Mr. Chevalier; I could listen to you throughout the whole afternoon.’ (The Sphere, London, Saturday, 27 January 1900, p. 36c)

Albert Chevalier recorded ‘A Fallen Star’ for the HMV label in London on 14 September 1911.

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