Thomas Tweedy A: On Wings of Song (Mendelssohn (1809-47), op. 34, no. 2; not heard but prob. in the Engl. version either by Paul England, 1899 or Robert H. Elkin, 1928) (matrix GB6108) B: Hark! Hark! The Lark (serenade: wds Shakespeare "Cymbeline" II.iii.22 - music F.P. Schubert (1797-1828): "Horch, horch, die Lerch", 1826, D889) (GB6109) Both rec. 30 Aug. 1933, with Claude Ivy, piano.
Review by Herman Klein in "The Gramophone" (Dec. 1933, pp. 277f): "This boy has a pure, rich soprano voice, well worth the further training that it needs. At present his breathing is faulty; he is much inclined to 'scoop'; and he has a habit of swelling on every long note, without, however, always sustaining the pitch." In the Mendelssohn he noted "a somewhat self-conscious manner" and in the Schubert he was "too doleful for a happy song" but had an "unquestionably beautiful voice." Blue Label retailing at 1/6.
Thomas Tweedy A: Sweetheart Darlin' (incipit: My father was Irish, my mother was English, but the Irish has the upper hand in me.) (song from film "Peg o' My Heart" (MGM 1933): wds Gus(tav Gerson) Kahn (1886-1941) - music Herbert Stothart (1885-1949) are usual credits for this song but the IMDB says music arr. by (Ig)Nacio Herb Brown (1896-1964) to wds by Arthur Freed (1894-1973). The 1933 score names only Kahn & Stothart.) (matrix GB6112) B: In the Valley of the Moon (incipit: When the shadows fall I'm always yearning for the Valley of the Moon.) (song, 1933: wds Charlie Tobias (1898-1970) - music Joe (Joseph A.) Burke (1884-1950), based on the Adagio from Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto; piano arr. by Harold Potter) (GB6115) Both rec. 1 Sept. 1933 with Claude Ivy, piano.
Review by "Peppering" in "The Gramophone" (Oct. 1933, p. 191): "The voice is excessively womanly in quality and has obviously been trained to appeal to the masses rather than to the connoiseur and as such it is successful. But what a distortion of talent!" Blue Label retailing at 2/=.
Thomas Tweedy A: Love's old sweet song (song, 1884: wds Graham Clifton Bingham (1859-1913) - music James Lynam Molloy (1837-1909)) (matrix GB5124) B: Danny boy (incipit: O Danny Boy, the pipes are calling.) (wds F.E. Weatherly (1848-1929), who in 1912 (publ. 1913) arr. the old Irish tune "Londonderry Air", which appears to have been published first in 1855 by George Petrie in "The Ancient Music of Ireland", although not named until 1894) (GB5125) Both rec. 7 Nov. 1932 with Claude Ivy, piano. Blue Label retailing at 2/=. This appears to have been a repeat of GB4846/7 rec. on 7 Sept. 1932.
Thomas Tweedy Where the Bee sucks (Arne) (matrix GB6110) It was a Lover and His Lass (Morley arr. Keel) (GB6111) Both rec. 30 Aug. 1933. Coming Home (Willeby) (GB6113) The Garden of Your Heart (Dorel) (GB6114) Rec. 1 Sept. 1933. All with Claude Ivy, piano.
Thomas Tweedy A: The Rosary (song, 1898: wds Robert Cameron Rogers (1862-1912), see "The Rosary and other poems" (1906); publ. earlier in his book of verse "The Wind in the Clearing" (1895); however authorship claimed by Frederick G. Winter in Columbia Phonograph Company's magazine "The World of Records", (London) May 1914, pp. 78f. - music Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin (1862-1901)) (matrix GB5121) B: By an old Abbey door (incipit: The bells of the Abbey were ringing for prayer.) (song, 1932: wds & music Leo Towers, Harry Leon (d. 1970) & Horatio Nicholls (pseud. of Lawrence Wright, 1888-1964)) (GB5123) Only the first of the two verses is sung here, with the refrain sung twice. Both rec. 7 Nov. 1932 with Claude Ivy, piano (& second piece with bells). Thus Decca discography but second item, now on Amphion CD "The Better Land" vol. 1 actually has organ accomp. and the recording sheets have organ & bells for both items. NB Intervening matrix GB5122 was not recorded by Tweedy. In the copy shown the surname is spelt "Tweedie", and both tracks have organ and bells (matrices GB5121-111C and GB5123-11C). Presumably the Decca discography is in error.
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