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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250             A CENTURY OF BALLADS
to revise it. This he refused to do, and though they were under a contract to publish the song, he offered to release them if they would assign him the copyright of the words. This they did, and he immediately took it to Messrs. Boosey, who agreed to publish it at once, with the result that it sold something like fifty thousand copies in the first year !
"The Promise of Life ,! was probably one of the most successful lyrics that Clifton Bingham ever wrote, and that is saying a good deal, if one remembers the enormous number of other popular songs with which his name is associated. How small a share the lyric-writer sometimes gets of the credit is illustrated by a little anecdote that Bingham tells. A famous singer had just rendered the song with great eclat, and Bingham congratulated him, remarking how pleasant it
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