Clarence Wainwright Murphy

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1910 Edison Records recording of vaudeville performer Edward M. Favor's rendition of Clarence Wainwright Murphy's song How can they tell that I'm Irish?

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Clarence Wainwright Murphy, also known as Charles William Murphy, C.W. Murphy and C. Murphy, (1875–1913) was a prolific British composer of music hall and musical theatre tunes, perhaps best known for the song "Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?" with lyrics by Will Letters (1908). In 1926, "Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?" was made into an animated short of the same title directed by Dave Fleischer, and in 1928 into a feature film directed by William Wyler. The song was also performed in the 1943 film Hello Frisco, Hello. With frequent collaborator Dan Lipton (1873–1935) he also wrote "My Girl's a Yorkshire Girl", mentioned by James Joyce in his novel Ulysses and also turned into a 1909 short sound film of the same name. Another song, "Little Yellow-bird", (aka "Goodbye, Little Yellow Bird") written with lyricist W. Hargreave, can be seen performed by Scottish comedian Charlie Naughton in the 1938 film Alf's Button Afloat and by Angela Lansbury in the 1945 film The Picture of Dorian Gray and again by Lansbury in the 1985 episode "Sing a Song of Murder" from her TV series Murder, She Wrote.

Works[edit]

  • Sole Credit
    • Clara & Sarah – 1897
    • Baby Loo (How Can I Be Poor) – 1898
    • Hooligan's Canary – 1898
    • How Can I Be Poor? – 1898
    • How Can They Tell That Oi'm Oirish? – 1898
    • Kelly, the Car-man – 1898
    • Jane Magee – 1898
    • Everybody Loves You – 1900
    • Just the Same To-day – 1900
    • Mulligan's Motor-car – 1900
    • Just As Long As You Love Me – 1901
    • Dat Little Gal of Johnson's – 1902
    • I Did Feel Sorry – 1902
    • I Don't Want To Be A Honeysuckle – 1902
    • I Live in Trafalgar Square – 1902
    • If That Comes True – 1902
    • Mama's Little Sleepy-eyes! – 1902
    • Molly O'Malley – 1902
    • My Home is My Garden – 1902
    • The Coloured Millionaire – 1902
    • The Girl in the Panama – 1902
    • Hanging Mother's Picture on a Nail – 1903
    • The Giddy Little Isle of Man – 1903
    • Good-night, Little Girl – 1904
    • The Little Irish Postman – 1904
    • You Wish You Were A Girl – 1904
    • Welcome Home, Sailor Boy! – 1905
    • Betty, I'm Pining – 1906
    • Little Cloud with the Silv'ry Lining – 1907
    • My Chateau in Barcelona – 1907
    • The House, the Flat and the Bungalow – 1907
    • Alphonso, My Alphonso – 1909
    • Mum-mum-mum-Mary – 1909
    • Boss of the House – 1910
    • In Your Old Tam-O'-Shanter – 1910
    • The Kelly – 1910
    • O'Brien – 1911
    • Hogmanay – 1912
    • You Must Come Round on Saturday – 1912
    • We Must Have a Song about the Isle of Man – 1912
  • with ____ ALLEN
    • Let's All Go into the Ballroom – 1912
  • with WALT ALWYN
    • Kicking Up a Row Like That – 1900
  • with GEORGE ARTHURS
    • Making Up the Quarrel – 1904
    • Bashful! – 1906
    • Costumes, Gowns & Frocks – 1907
    • Fire! Fire! Fire! – 1907
    • Firelight – 1907
    • Get It Over! – 1907
    • Put Me Amongst the Girls – 1907
    • Don't Be Ridiculous, Nicholas! – 1908
    • I Could Get Along So Nicely With You – 1908
    • I'm Not Looking for a Beautiful Girl – 1908
    • I've Been Fishing for Pearls – 1908
  • with EDGAR BATEMAN
    • Mrs. Carter – 1900
    • The Garden Filled With Gold – 1904
    • Dear Little Shadow – 1905
    • It's Our Silver Wedding – 1907
  • with HARRY CASTLING
    • Let's All Go Down the Strand – 1904
    • Good-Night, Number One! – 1905
    • Hello, Little Girl! Who Are You? – 1905
    • It's the Best World We've Ever Seen – 1905
    • Little Glow-worm! – 1905
    • Bangalore – 1906
    • Barbados – 1906
    • Farewell, New York! – 1906
    • If Your Hair Were Not So Curly – 1906
    • Rowing To Hampton Court – 1907
    • I Would Still Love You – 1908
    • Meet Me, Jenny, When the Sun Goes Down – 1908
    • Pull Yourselves Together, Girls – 1909
    • The Girl in the Clogs and Shawl – 1909 [cited in E. M. Forster's novel _A Passage to India_]
    • The Singer Was Irish – 1910
    • Have a Banana! – 1910
    • I'm the Man That Buried Flanagan – 1911
    • We All Go the Same Way Home – 1911
  • with CHARLES COLLINS
    • Come and Hear Him Play His Oom-Tera-Ra – 1909
    • On the Same Place Every Time – 1910
  • with WORTON DAVID
    • Have You Heard John James O'Hara? – 1911
    • Follow The Footsteps in the Snow – 1912
    • They're All Single by the Seaside – 1911
    • Hold Your Hand Out You Naughty Boy – 1914
    • Keep Your Head Down, Fritzi Boy (We Saw You) – 1918
  • with CHARLES DEANE
    • All Have A Dinner With Me – 1893
  • with W. FARRELL
    • Irish As She's Spoken – 1893
  • with ALBERT HALL
    • Still His Whiskers Grew – no date
    • Maggie Marney – 1894
    • Oh Where is My Wandering Boy To-Night? – 1894
    • A Glorious Sprig of Shamrock for Your Coat – 1900
    • The Baby's Name – 1900
    • My Blind Norah – 1901
  • with W. HARGREAVES
    • Little Yellow-bird – 1903
  • with FRED W. LEIGH
    • Dominic McCue – 1906
    • Goo-Goo Land – 1908
  • with WILL LETTERS
  • with DAN LIPTON
    • Don't Tell the World Your Troubles – no date
    • If I Had A Girl As Nice As You – no date
    • The Ugly Duckling – 1904
    • Go Away Mr. Crocodile – 1904
    • Bombombay – 1905
    • Ain't Yer Gwin Ter Say 'How Do?' – 1906
    • As I Stand by the Old Church Door – 1906
    • It is the Scarecrow – 1906
    • Put Me Amongst The Girls – 1907
    • My Girl's A Yorkshire Girl – 1908
    • Oh, Oh Antonio – 1908
    • Take Me Back to the Isle of Man! – 1908
    • I Only Got Married To-Day – 1909
    • I'll Be Cross, Arabella – 1909
    • Plink Plonk, Or: The Skin of a Spanish Onion – 1909
    • We Don't Want More Daylight – 1909
    • I Shall Sulk – 1910
    • Shirts – 1910
    • The First Time That I've Been in Love – 1910
    • We'll Treat You like One of Our Own – 1910
    • No Wonder I Look Jolly – 1911
    • You Must All Do as I Do – 1912
    • Beautiful, Beautiful Bed – 1915
    • Bed, Wonderful Bed – 1915
  • with DAN LIPTON & Magini
    • I Wonder What It Feels Like To Be Poor – 1920
  • with DAN LIPTON & JOHN NEAT
  • with DAN LIPTON & HUGH OWEN
    • I've a Garden in Sweden – 1907
    • If You Were The Only Girl on Earth – 1908
  • with HUGH OWEN
    • Don't Throw Stones at Other People's Windows – 1907
  • with GEORGE A. STEPHENS
    • I'm the Best Pal I've Ever Had! – 1908
  • with R.P. WESTON & F.J. BARNES
    • I Don't Like Your Stovepipe Hat – 1907

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