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Joy-Bells, London Hippodrome, 1919

July 22, 2013

song sheet cover for Albert de Courville’s 9th London Hippodrome revue, Joy-Bells, produced on 25 March 1919 and featuring Frederick W. Chappelle’s song, ”Wonderful Bird” sung by Winnie Melville.
The two main characters on this cover are stylised portraits of the stars of the show, George Robey and Shirley Kellogg.
(published by Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew Ltd, London, 1919; artwork by Arthur Ferrier) Joy-Bells was written by Albert de Courville, Wal Pink and Thomas J. Gray, with music by Frederick W. Chappelle. The production, staged by Ned Wayburn, opened on 25 March 1919 for a run of 723 performances.

Joy-Bells is noteworthy chiefly because during its run the Original Dixieland Jazz Band made a brief appearance. The band was so enthusiastically received by the audience that George Robey, the show’s star, delivered to de Courville an ultimatum to the effect that he would resign unless they went. Thereafter the ODJB appeared elsewhere and on tour and subsequently settled in for a successful nine months’ stay at the Palais de Danse in Hammersmith, west London.

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