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

With Some Introductory Chapters On Old Ballads And Ballad Makers - online book.

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124             A CENTURY OF BALLADS
"Good-bye, Sweetheart, Good-bye," though not to be compared with "To Anthea," was another of Hatton's songs that enjoyed a very considerable popularity. It was introduced to the public by no less a star than Mario. A story used to be told of Hatton to the effect that once at Margate he strolled into the ante-room of the Assembly Rooms, where a concert was going on, with a brown-paper parcel containing a pair of boots he had just bought under his arm. One of the artists was down to sing "Good-bye, Sweetheart, Good-bye," and asked Hatton whether he would like to accompany him. The latter assented, and when the singer's turn arrived, absent-mindedly followed him on to the platform with the parcel of boots still under his arm, his appearance being greeted with shouts of laughter from the audience. Quite undismayed, Hatton deposited the parcel on the top of the piano, unconcernedly retiring with it under his arm when the song was over.
A song of a different type, though quite as popular in its way, was that jovial old ditty "Simon the Cellarer," which was also a favourite with Santley at one time. Mr. Edwards, in the article before referred to, recalled how once when Santley was singing the song at one of the ballad concerts, Hatton, who was accompanying, be-
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