Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly

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James Campbell (1903–1967[1]) and Reg Connelly (1895 (or 1898[1]) – September 23, 1963[2]) were British music publishers and songwriting team (1920s and 1930s). Primarily lyricists, they generally worked in collaboration with composers.

For some songs (most notably "Show Me the Way to Go Home") they used the pseudonym Irving King and Irving and Ivor King.[3]

Biographical details[edit]

Campbell was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and Connelly in Buckhurst Hill, Essex. Campbell died in London and Connelly in Bournemouth, Dorset.

Publishing firm[edit]

Their publishing company Campbell, Connelly & Co, Ltd. was founded in 1929.[4][5]


Their compositions included the Froth Blowers' anthem, "The More We Are Together",[6] the famous "Show Me the Way to Go Home" (1925), "If I Had You" (1928, written with Ted Shapiro), "Goodnight Sweetheart" (1931, with Ray Noble), "Try a Little Tenderness" (1933, written with Harry M. Woods), and their own (both words and music) "Down Sunnyside Lane".

"I'd Rather Be a Beggar with You Than a King with Somebody Else" was co-composed with Oliver Perry.[7] This song was recorded in 1931 by the New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (with an uncredited Al Bowlly on vocals)[8]. Two other compositions registered in 1932 were "Over and Over Again" and "To-day's the Day".[9]


  1. ^ a b Fuld, James J., The Book of World-Famous Music: Classical, popular and Folk, Published by General Publishing Company, Ltd, Canada (2000) pg 256
  2. ^ Connelly on the All Music website
  3. ^ Irving King discography at Discogs
  4. ^ companiesintheuk.co.uk: Campbell, Connelly & Co, Ltd.
  5. ^ musicsalesfilmtv.co.uk: Campbell, Connelly history
  6. ^ "The Ancient Order Of Froth Blowers Anthem". Archived from the original on 2012-06-30., Friends of the Froth Blowers[dead link]
  7. ^ Library of Congress Copyright Office (1933). Catalogue of Copyright Entries, Part 3: Musical Compositions (New Series, Volume 27, Annual Index for 1932 ed.). Washington: United States Government Printing Office. pp. 1483, 1613. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  8. ^ "The New Mayfair Dance Orchestra - Roll On, Mississippi, Roll On / I'd Rather Be A Beggar With You (Shellac, 10", 78 RPM)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  9. ^ op. cit.

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