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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" I was once in Dublin, and was taken by a friend to have some oysters at a celebrated shop. We had been told that the daughter of the pro­prietor was musical and sang, so my friend inquired after her. The father said she had gone to Milan to study, and he had recently received a report that her voice was excellent, and that she had two more notes than Patti." " Indeed," said my friend, "I congratulate you! When she comes out you must call her 'the Oyster Patti!'"
Of Edward Lloyd Mr. Mackinlay says that he was " not only a brilliant vocalist, but a clever man of business. He was wise enough to lay by a large portion of his income. Consequently he found himself in the happy position of being able to retire when at the full zenith of his powers, before anyone could declare that he was beginning to lose his voice."
Lloyd's " Farewell" concert formed the occasion for a remarkable demonstration. The following is culled from an account by Sforzando, which appeared in the Morning Leader the next morn­ing : "After Mr. Lloyd had sung 'When other lips ' as an encore, the final line ' And you'll remember me' was the signal for a burst of applause from the immense audience. Mr. Lloyd returned to the platform again and again. Hand­kerchiefs were waved, and the singer was pre-
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