A Century Of Ballads 1810-1910, Their Composers & Singers

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COMPOSERS OF SULLIVAN'S DAY 165
the day. Bonheur's famous duet "The Battle Eve " was also a great favourite.
"Jack's Yarn" was an immensely popular song, of which millions of copies are said to have been sold. The composer was Louis Diehl, who died only the other day. G. R. Sims, in announcing Diehl's death in the Referee, recalls the fact that the latter was his first musical colla­borator, their first joint work being the little musical playlet "A Dress Rehearsal," which was produced at the Langham Hall in 1877. Diehl also set G. R. Sims's first song, "The Lights o' London," which was sung by Miss Orridge at the ballad concerts with the greatest success, but he will be best remembered by "Jack's Yarn " and other successful sailor songs, and a ballad of a different type, "Going to Market."
Of Michael Watson's songs, "Thy Sentinel am I ' was probably the most popular, though "Anchored' may be said to have run it very close. Watson wrote the words of a great many of his songs, and occasionally also wrote lyrics for other composers. This dual role of com­poser and lyric-writer appears to have been fairly common at this period. A notable instance was that of Marzials, who, while known as the com­poser of a number of immensely popular songs, also figures largely as a lyric-writer. He was
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