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

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it to Clifton Bingham, with the result that every­one knows. Curiously enough, neither author, composer, nor publisher anticipated that the song would have any very great popular success. How far they were wrong may be judged from the fact that there were no less than twenty-eight different editions at one time published in America—all pirated, of course, as there was no such thing as mutual copyright in those days.
" Asthore " was his next popular success. The idea came to him from seeing the names on engagement rings in Ireland, and he and Bingham worked it out between them to the music, which was already written. Of this song and "In Old Madrid' over two million copies have been sold, the sales at one time reaching as many as ten thousand a week !
Two very popular songs in which Weatherly and Trotere collaborated were "The Deathless Army "and u Go to Sea." In the case of the latter the music was written first, the idea coming to Trotere on the top of a bus, a favourite place for composers to find inspiration !
Of "The Brow of the Hill," another lyric by Clifton Bingham, Trotere tells the following story: "Somehow I could not set it, and had made up my mind to return it. I sat down and began a letter in which to enclose it. ' My dear Bingham, I am very '—sorry, I was going to
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