George Arthurs

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b. 13 April 1875, Manchester, Lancashire, England, d. 14 March 1944, Harrow, Middlesex, England. A songwriter and author, Arthurs wrote several popular numbers for the stars of music hall before making…
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b. 13 April 1875, Manchester, Lancashire, England, d. 14 March 1944, Harrow, Middlesex, England. A songwriter and author, Arthurs wrote several popular numbers for the stars of music hall before making his mark with material for the musical stage. He originally worked as an accountant in Manchester, but gave that up to write or co-write songs such as ‘I Want To Sing In Opera’, ‘The Wriggley Rag’, ‘You’ve Got To Sing In Ragtime’ and ‘Chrysanthemums’, which were sung by the comedian Wilkie Bard, ‘Josh-u-a’, a favourite for Clarice Mayne, ‘The Caddie’ (Neil Kenyon), ‘A Different Girl Again’ (Whit Cunliffe), and probably the most famous of all - ‘A Little Of What You Fancy Does You Good’, which is indelibly associated with the great Marie Lloyd. Among Arthurs’ collaborators for these numbers were Bert Lee, Fred W. Leigh, and Worton David. Arthur also had lyrics interpolated into The Belle Of Mayfair (1906) and Havana (1908), before collaborating with composer Louis Hirsch on score for the 1913 revue Hullo, Tango. He followed this with the book and lyrics for Honeymoon Express (1914), and then contributed, often with others, to revues and musicals such as The Whirl Of The Town (1914), The Million Dollar Girl (1915), Don’t Tempt Me (1915), She’s A Daisy (1915), We’re All In It (1916), Seeing Life (1917) and Hanky Panky (1917). Some of Arthurs’ best work was in the musical comedies Suzette (1917, book with Austen Hurgon, score with Max Darewski), which starred Stanley Lupino, Arlette (1917, book and score with Hurgon, Jane Vieu, Guy Lefeuvre, Ivor Novello, Adrian Ross and Clifford Grey), another Lupino vehicle, Yes, Uncle! (1917, book with Hurgon, score with Nat D. Ayer, Clifford Grey, a 626-performance hit for Leslie Henson), and The Girl For The Boy (1919, book with Hurgon, score with Percy Greenbank, Howard Carr, Bernard Rolt and R. Penso). Among Arthurs’ other productions, which mainly toured, were Peri, The Slave Of Love (1921), Many Happy Returns (1922), Archie (1924), Belles Of Britain (1925), Puzzles Of 1925, Pastimes (1926), and Patsy From Paris (1926).