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  Thomas Tweedy Boy Soprano Soloist 
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Although "The Better Land" calls him "Tweedie", Decca catalogues & discography & "The Gramophone" all spell his name Tweedy and a note on the recording sheets corrects the spelling from -die to -dy.

Some details taken from or confirmed in Decca 78rpm "F" series discography compiled by Michael Smith (2003).
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Featured Recordings Compact | Full
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Mendelssohn: On Wings of Song / Schubert: Hark! Hark! The Lark (Decca F.3704 (10-inch), 78 RPM) Dezember 1933
Featuring 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."
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  Side A -   On Wings of Song (Mendelssohn)  
  Side B -   Hark! Hark! The Lark (Schubert)  
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Stothart: Sweetheart Darlin' / Burke: In the Valley of the Moon (Decca F.3656 (10-inch), 78 RPM) Oktober 1933
Featuring 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!"
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  Side A -   Sweetheart Darlin' (Stothart)  
  Side B -   In the Valley of the Moon (Burke)  
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Molloy: Love's old sweet song / Weatherly: Danny Boy (Decca F.3376 (10-inch), 78 RPM) Januar 1933
Featuring 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.
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This appears to have been a repeat of GB4846/7 rec. on 7 Sept. 1932.
  Side A -   Love's old sweet song (Molloy)  
  Side B -   Danny Boy (Weatherly)  
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Unpublished items (Decca , 78 RPM) 1933
Featuring 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 - Nevin: The Rosary  /  Towers, Leon & Nicholls: By an old Abbey door
Nevin: The Rosary / Towers, Leon & Nicholls: By an old Abbey door (Decca F.3260 (10-inch), 78 RPM) Dezember 1932
Featuring 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.
  Side A -   The Rosary (Rogers)  
  Side B -   By an old Abbey door (Towers/Leon/Nicholls)  
Other Recordings Compact | Full
Thomas Tweedy - The Better Land - Great Boy Sopranos Recorded 1914-1944
The Better Land - Great Boy Sopranos Recorded 1914-1944 (Amphion PHI CD 158, CD) 1999
Featuring The Better Land Series   Denis Barthel   John Bonner   Master Gordon Carter   Master (Arthur) Iwan Davies   Master Leslie Day   Frederick (John) Firth   Robert Harris   Aled Jones   Derrick Jones   Walter Lawrence   Trevor Schofield   Morris Stevens   Thomas Tweedy   Denis Wright  
The celebrated series of CD albums featuring the boy sopranos of the past. This volume is now deleted but replaced by the double CD volume The Better Land Volumes 1 & 2. See above.
  1.   The Better Land (Hemans-Cowen) (L)   Denis Wright
  2.   I Hear You Calling Me (Harford-Marshall) (L)   Leslie Day
  3.   He was Despised (Handel) (L)   Denis Barthel
  4.   Who is Sylvia? (Schubert ­ arr. Geehl)   Robert Harris
  5.   O Lord Whose Mercies Numberless (Handel) (L)   Frederick Firth
  6.   Somewhere a Voice is Calling(Newton & Tate)   John Bonner
  7.   God Shall Wipe Away all Tears(Sullivan) (L)   Morris Stevens
  8.   O For the Wings of a Dove (Mendelssohn) (L)   Gordon Carter
  9.   Serenade (Schubert)   Frederick Firth
10.   Smilin' Through (Arthur A. Penn) (L)   Derrick Jones
11.   Spring Morning (Carey)   Walter Lawrence
12.   If there were dreams to sell (Ireland) (L)   Frederick Firth
13.   Christopher Robin is saying his prayers (Milne- Fraser-Simson) (L)   Denis Wright
14.   By an Old Abbey Door (Towers, Leon, Nicholls)   Thomas Tweedy
15.   Goodnight Said the Cuckoo (P.B. Harding)   Trevor Schofield
16.   O Little Town of Bethlehem (H. Walford Davies) (L)   Denis Barthel
17.   The Last Rose of Summer (Thomas Moore) (L)   Denis Wright
18.   My Heart Ever Faithful (Bach) (L)   Frederick Firth
19.   Nymphs & Shepherds (Purcell)   John Bonner
20.   Market Square (Fraser-Simpson) (L)   Denis Wright
21.   The Holy City (Adams Weatherley) (L)   Iwan Davies
22.   For you alone (P.J.O'Reilly-Henry Geehl) (L)   Leslie Day
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Books Compact | Full
Thomas Tweedy - Better Land, The: In Search of the Lost Boy Sopranos
Better Land, The: In Search of the Lost Boy Sopranos (Rectory Press , Book) April 2005
Featuring The Better Land Series   Temple Church Choir   Clifford Adams   Derek Barsham   Denis Barthel   John Bonner   Richard Bonsall   Alan Bradbrook   Master John Brookman   Richard Brown   Master Gordon Carter   Master (Arthur) Iwan Davies   Master Leslie Day   Robin Fairhurst   Frederick (John) Firth   Michael Ginn   John Gwilym Griffith(s)   Robert Harris   Michael Hartnett   Aled Jones   Beverley Jones   Raymond Kinsey   Harold Langston   Ernest Lough   Robin Lough   Thomas Meddings   Brian Moody   Billy Neely   Graham Payn   Robert Duncan Peel   Kenneth Purves   The Choir of the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy   Steffani and his Silver Songsters   Thomas Tweedy   Denis Wright  
By Stephen Beet. Features much newly-discovered material, telling the often very human stories of the boys behind the voices, at the height of their singing careers and in their later lives. Copiously illustrated with many previously-unpublished photographs and manuscript samples, with a Foreword by Peter Purves.

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