Ernest Pike at firstworldwar.com


The Guardian newspaper has recently been running a fascinating series of booklets on the First World War, and recommended a site called firstworldwar.com.  Checking them out they have a great range of vintage recordings, by famous names such as Vesta Tilley, Marie Lloyd, Florrie Forde, Harry Champion…  and Ernest Pike/Herbert Payne of course.  Sadly, there’s only the two recordings – Roses of Picardy and Smoke Clouds, both of which I already list on the recordings page, but the site itself is fascinating, including a large range of vintage video up to and including 1914, including some footage of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, and his state funeral in Vienna.

If you want to know more about the Great War, or you’re just interested in the music of the era, this is a great reference site…




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