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Tuesday, March 03, 2009



I have attempted to compile a discography of the solo and duet recordings of Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, including recordings made with other singers. This discography is probably not complete so I would be glad to hear from anyone who might be able to add to it. I have found most of the HMV recordings, but there are probably some Decca recordings made after HMV cancelled their record contracts n 1951, which I have not managed to trace.

I have also included a few of the broadcasts, but only the ones where recordings exist today in the National Sound Archive or in my own collection.

Most of the following recordings are solo recordings by Webster Booth. I have marked duets with Anne Ziegler, Anne Ziegler’s solos, and recordings which do not acknowledge Webster (such as the HMV Light Opera Company and those marked “with vocal refrain) with the following markers:

#Anne Ziegler solos
+With vocal refrain

Records made with other companies are listed first, followed by HMV B recordings and HMV C recordings. I was unable to trace all the record numbers in the HMV B series and have listed these at the end of the B list. 


+SA1573A/B Sweethearts; Wooden Shoes/Sweethearts/
 Herbert/Smith, Carlo Santana (Harry Bidgood) accordion orchestra,

+SA1588-A/B One day when we were young; Tales from the Vienna woods/The Great Waltz/Strauss, Unnamed soprano, Carlo Santana (Harry Bidgood) accordion orchestra

+Rex 9201 Giannina mia; Sympathy Firefly/Friml/Harbach, Carlo Santana (Harry Bidgood) accordion orchestra, 1938


DX691 West End Nights: Gay Deceivers: You are me, Serenade; Stop Press!/You and the Night and the Music; Easter Parade, with WB, Muriel Barron, Marjorie Stedeford, chorus, conducted by Debroy Somers, July 1935

*DX824 Porgy and Bess Selection/Gershwin/Carroll Gibbons/1938

DX832 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs medley/Morey with Nora Savage, WB, Orchestra of Merry Men, directed by George Scott-Wood and vocal quartet Part 1: I’m wishing, One song, With a smile and a song. Part 2: Whistle While you Work, Heigh-ho, Dwarfs’ Yodel song, Some Day my Prince will Come, 1938


NB: There may be other Decca recordings. I only managed to find two from 1952.

Decca K628 Rosemarie Vocal Selection/Friml/ Victor Conway, Anne Welch, WB 12 December 1930

Decca K644 Goodnight Vienna Vocal Selection/George Posford/WB with Olive Groves, May 1932

Decca F9921 Sanctuary of the heart/Ketelby; He bought my heart at Calvary/Hamblen with choir of St Stephen’s Church Dulwich, Fela Sowande (organ)1952

Decca F9942 Castles in the air/Lincke; The white dove/Léhar 1952


M-41171-A What more can I ask?; Brighter than the Sun/ from film The Little Damozel, Durium Dance Orchestra, Peter Rush,1 February 1933

M-41172 Speak to me of love/Lenoir/Sievier; Tell me tonight/Mischa Spoliansky, Durium Dance Orchestra, Peter Rush, December 1932/1 February 1933


G22075 A brown bird singing/Wood; A little love, a little kiss/Lao Silesu/Fred Hartley’s Quintet, CAR 2468 (Australian pressing) 1934
MR1220 Roses of Picardy/Wood; Bird Songs at Eventide/ Coates/Fred Hartley’s Quintet, CAR2467/9 March 1934
MR1228 Serenade/Toselli; In Old Madrid/Trotiere/Fred Hartley’s Quintet, June 1934

HMV – B recordings

B3283 Dance Away the Night/Married In Hollywood/ Dave Stamper and Harlam Thompson; Let me dream in your arms again/Nicholls 1932

B3319 I love the moon/Rubens; A Brown bird singing/Wood, Ray Noble/New Mayfair Orchestra/ with nightingale song/September 1929, May 1930

B3448 Patriotic Medley; Princess Elizabeth/Crean/Patience Strong, Richard Crean London Palladium Orchestra, Bb19321, 1930

B3735 Somewhere a voice is calling,Tate; I know of two bright eyes/Clutsam/ Ray Noble/ New Mayfair Orchestra/ April 1931

B3758 Moonlight and you/De Crescenzo; Always as I close my eyes/ Coates, Bb21105/6, 1931

B3778 Heavenly night/Brown; Along the road of dreams/Granichstaedten/ One Heavenly Night/Ray Noble/New Mayfair Orchestra, OB355/6-2, 2 February 1931

B3866-71Gondoliers/Gilbert/Sullivan/Abridged version
directed Rupert D’Oyly Carte/conducted Sargent, WB as Luiz,

B8385 Heart’s Desire Vocal Gems/with chorus and orchestra, 1935

B8360 As I sit here/Sanderson; Love passes by/Victor Schertzinger, September 1935

B8393 Pale Moon/Logan; The World is mine tonight/Posford
George Scott-Wood, OEA2476-7 October 1934

B8405 Romance; Serenata/Friederich Feher/The Robber
Symphony, January 1936,

B8413 Mifanwy/Forster; At Dawning/Cadman OEA2629/30 March 1936

B8421 Stay With Me Forever/ Giuditta Léhar; Vienna, City of My Dreams/ Rudolf Sieczynski / Walter Goehr 21 February1936, OEA2699/700

B 8435 Ah! Sweet mystery of life/Herbert; Say that you are mine/Lockton/Kerrich, May1936

B8442 My love and I stand alone; Sweet melody of night/Give us this night/Korngold, 1936

B8476 I’m all alone/May; I’ll wait for you/ Feiner, September 1936

B8498 The way you look tonight/Swing Time/ Kern; Serenade in the night/Bixio, November 1936, OEA4067/8

B8520 Land Without Music Vocal Gems, with the Lindonel Three, 1935

B8527 Moon Of Romance/Strachey; A Song For You And Me/Rizzi OEA3951/2, 1937

B8545 A bird sang in the rain/Wood; Undivided /Thayer/Sievier 1937

B8803 Tosca/Strange harmony of contrasts/ When the stars were brightly shining/Puccini, Warwick Braithwaite, LPO, September 1938 OEA1174/5

B8829 Rigoletto/This one or that one; Woman is fickle/ Verdi, Lawrance Collingwood 1939

B8843 Sadko/Hindu Song/Rimsky Korsakov; Elegie/Massenet, 1938 OEA6982

B8899 One day when we were young/The Great Waltz/Strauss; Sweethearts/Sweethearts/Herbert, Clifford Greenwood, 2 May, 1939, OEA7642

B8920For you alone/Geehl; Because/d’Hardelot/ Clifford
Greenwood May 1939

B8947 The English Rose/Merrie England/German/Clifford
Greenwood; Faery Song/The Immortal Hour/ Boughton/ John T Cockerill (harp) 18 July 1939

B8968 Macushla/MacMurrough; I’ll walk beside you/Alan Murray, Clifford Greenwood, August 1939, OEA8028/9

*B8982 A Paradise for two/The Maid of the mountains/Tate; If You Were the Only Girl in the World/ The Bing Boys are Here/ Ayer, Clifford Greenwood, 19 October 1939 OEA8119/20,

B8990 Agnus Dei/Bizet; Ave Maria/Bach-Gounod, chorus, Herbert Dawson, London PO, Wynn Reeves, November 1939

*B8996 Wanting you/The New Moon/Romberg; I'll See You Again/ Bitter Sweet/ Coward, Clifford Greenwood, October 1941

B9009 Ay, ay, ay/ Freire; Ideale /Tosti/Braithwaite, October 1939

B9022 Bless this house/Brahe; Danny Boy/Weatherly/ Herbert Dawson, 1939

B9030 When you wish upon a star/Pinocchio/ Harline; Rosita/Kennedy/Carr, 1939

B9031 Indian Summer; A Kiss in the Dark/The Great Victor Herbert/Herbert, Ronnie Munro, April 1939/ January 1940 OEA8484/5

B9040 Lavender Lass; Love is my song/Murray, Charles Prentice, May 1940

*B9051 Lover, come back to me/The New Moon/Romberg; Ah, sweet mystery of life/ Naughty Marietta/ Herbert, Walter Goehr?/Jock Prentice? 7-8 May 1940

B9058 Oh Maiden, My Maiden/Frederica/Léhar;
Serenade/Student Prince/Romberg, Walter Goehr, November 1939,23 May 1940, OEA8191/2

*B9060 Deep In My Heart, Dear/The Student Prince Romberg; Fold your wings/Glamorous Night/ Novello, Clifford Greenwood, 8 May 1940

*B9065 Only a rose/Vagabond King/ Friml; You, just you/Wild Violets/Stolz, 7-8 May 1940, OEA 8597/8

B9069 Ah, fill the cup/ Ah, Moon of my delight/ In a Persian Garden/Lehmann,August 1940

*B9070 Love’s old sweet song/Molloy; Second Minuet/Besley, Ronnie Munro, 7-8 May/October 1940, OEA 8610

B9071 Morning; Sylvia/Speaks, Gerald Moore, September 1940

*B9120 Our Greatest successes Medley 1 The Student Prince/Bitter Sweet Medley/Until/Love's Old Sweet Song/I Hear You Calling Me/Two Little Words OEA8979, 1940

#B9122 Joy of life/Ivanovici; Tales from the Vienna Woods/Strauss February 1941

B9123 Rose of Tralee/Glover; Phil, the Fluter’s Ball/French, Gerald Moore December 1940, OEA 9071/3

B9164 Mountains o’ Mourne/French; A Ballynure Ballad/arr Hughes + Trottin’ to the Fair/Stanford, Gerald Moore, 1941

B9167 England, Mother England/E C Booth; There's a land, a dear land/Frances Allitsen, Gerald Moore, 1941

B9173 Love, could I only tell thee/The Geisha/Richard Capel; I hear you calling me/Marshall, Gerald Moore, February 1941,

*B9177 Love’s garden of roses/Wood; Will you remember?/May time/ Romberg, Warwick Braithwaite 10 June1941/August 1941,

B9193 Passing by/Purcell; Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes/Trad-Jonson, Gerald Moore, 6 June 1941 OEA9322/3

B9201 When Big Ben Chimes/Kennedy Russell; The Lord's Prayer/Malotte, Gerald Moore, 9 May 1941

*B9202 The Flower; The Golden Song/ Lilac Time/Schubert, Clutsam, Warwick Braithwaite, 10 June 1941

B9205 Song of Songs/Moya; Trees/Harbach, Gerald Moore, May 1941

*B9226 When we are married/The Belle of New York/Kerker; The Keys Of Heaven/Broadwood, September 1941, OEA9533/4

#B9241 Invitation to the Waltz/Weber; Waltz song/Tom Jones/ Edward German, 1941

#B9243 Slumber song/Schumann/arr Carroll; Song in the night/Mortimer/Loughborough, Charles Forwood

B9244 Star of My Soul/The Geisha/Jones; To Mary/White, Philip Green, 20 September 1941/June 1942

*B9247 Tristesse: So deep is the night/Chopin; My Paradise/ Parr-Davies/Gangway, Debroy Somers, 20 December 1941, OEA9628

B9255 One alone/Desert Song/Romberg; Song of the Vagabonds/Vagabond King/Friml, Debroy Somers, 20 December 1941, OEA9567/8

B9264 Homing/del Riego; Smilin’ through/Penn, Gerald Moore, 1942

B9271 Come back my love/Miller/Rubinstein/arr Grün;
Will you go with me?/Brandon-Park/Murray,Gerald Moore, 1942  

B9304 Christopher Robin songs:Down by the pond, Vespers; Sneezles, Buckingham Palace/Fraser Simpson, with instrumental quintet, 1943

*B9326 What is done/Lilac Domino/Cuvillier; Without your love/The Dubarry/Millocker, Debroy Somers, September 1941

B9342Four Indian Love Lyrics/Temple Bells; Less than the Dust/ Hope-Woodford-Finden/Hubert Greenslade, 1944

B9343 Four Indian Love Lyrics/ Kashmiri Song; Till I wake Hope-Woodford-Finden/Hubert Greenslade, 1944

*B9370 Barcarolle/ Tales of Hoffman/ Offenbach; Indian love
call/Rose Marie/Friml, Debroy Somers, 9 March 1944

B9395 On Wings of Song/Mendelssohn; Impatience /Schubert/Gerald Moore, 1944,  OEA9969-1/OEA9970-1

*B9401Our Greatest successes (2), 1944

*B9428 Tomorrow; Life begins anew/ Sweet Yesterday, Leslie Smith/, Herbert Lodge 12 July 1945

B9429 Morning Glory, (WB); #Sweet Yesterday, Sweet Yesterday, Kenneth Leslie-Smith (AZ) Adelphi Theatre, Orchestra, Herbert Lodge, 12 July 1945

*B9432 Land of Mine; You will return to Vienna/Waltz Time/May

B9451 Eleanore; Unmindful of the roses+Life and death/ColeridgeTaylor, Herbert Greenslade, 16 November 1945, OEA10750-3

B9458 Just for today/Partridge/Seaver; There is no death/Johnson/O’Hara, Gerald Moore, 1946

B9472 Bells of St. Mary's/Adams; Parted/Tosti, George Melachrino, 20 March 1946

*B9489 Love steals your heart/ The Wicked Lady/May; We’ll gather lilacs/Perchance to dream/Novello, Jack Byfield 4 June 1946

*B9490 Laugh at life; Love is the key/ The Laughing Lady/ May 1946

B9497 Devotion/Schumann; I love thee/Grieg, Gerald Moore, October 1946

B9502 All soul’s day/ Richard Strauss; Memory Island/ Harrison/ Gerald Moore, September 1946

B9507 Nazareth/Gounod, Herbert Dawson; O come all ye faithful, Bertram L Harrison, 1946

B9514 Abide with me; How lovely are thy dwellings/Samuel Liddle, Herbert Dawson, 1946

B9518 Wine song (WB); #I'll change my heart (AZ) The Laughing Lady/May, 1946

B9534 A Perfect Day/Carrie Jacobs-Bond; Always/Puritan Lullaby/ Leslie-Smith,May 1947

#B9552 Dearest love/Operette/Coward; O lovely night/Ronald, 1947

B9562 O dry those tears/del Riego; Until/Sanderson, 1947

*B9581 Dream Duet/La Belle Hélène/ Offenbach; Life and love/Princess Charming/George Posford, April 1947

B9585 Everywhere I Go/ Four Pastorales/ Martin, Walter Goehr?Melachrino?; Greensleeves/trad arr Olive Richardson,Eric Robinson 5 November 1946

B9598 Little road to Bethlehem/Head, Herbert Dawson and orchestra (WB); *Silent night (WB&AZ) 11 June 1947/December 1947

B9617 Nirvana/Adams; My dreams/Tosti, Eric Robinson 6 August 1947

*B9627 On wings of song/Mendelssohn/arr. Doris Arnold; Still as the night/N/Bohm/arr Doris Arnold, Eric Robinson 22 December 1947, Released March 1948

B9633 Break of Day/Waltz Time/May; My heart and I/Old Chelsea/Tauber, Jack Byfield February 1946, released April 1948

B9640 Show me the way/O’Connor/Morgan; Napoli Bay/Kynoch, George Melachrino, 1948

*B9642 Now is the hour/Scott; Too tired to sleep/Murray, Eric Robinson, 10 March 1948, May 1948

B9703 Wayside rose/Frederica; Serenade/Frasquita/Léhar December 1948

*B9738 Hear My Song, Violetta/Luckesch/Klose; Love’s last word is spoken/Bixio, George Melachrino,

*B9760 Deep in the heart of a rose/Horatio Nicholls; The Fruits of the Earth/Purdell, National Garden Song, Geraldo, Eric Robinson, 1949

B9777 If you are there/Ege/North; ‘Tis the day/Leoncavallo Melachrino 1949

*B9786 Throw open wide your window, dear/Hans May; Song of paradise/Popplewell/King, Eric Robinson, 1949 

*B9804 Dearest of All/Vernon Latham Sharp; Music for Romance/Magyar Melody/Grün/Maschwitz/Sherwin,
Eric Robinson, 1949

*B9830 Here in the quiet hills/Carne; Take the sun/The glass mountain/Rotha/, Eric Robinson, 1950

*B9870 Swing high, swing low; Trot here and there/ Véronique/Méssager,  Eric Robinson, 1950

B9999 Drinking song/The Rose of Persia/ Sullivan; Where haven lies/A princess in Kensington/German, Mark Lubbbock, 11 July 1950

B10027 I leave my heart in an English garden/Dear Miss Phoebe/Harry Parr-Davies; I bless the day/di Jongh, Mark Lubbock, 20 December 1950,

B10035 May the good Lord bless and keep you/Willson; No More/Yradier/Sidney Torch, 1951

B10092 At the end of the day; Where’er you go/O’Keefe, Eric Robinson, 18 May 1951
HMV – B numbers unknown

Irving Berlin Waltz Medley/New Mayfair Orchestra/Ray Noble Because I love you, All Alone, Always, What’ll I do? The Song is Ended, You Forgot to Remember, Bb21098-2/2109922 December 1930

*Love me tonight; Tomorrow/Vagabond King/Friml, Debroy Somers 5 January 1943, OEA9587/8

*Blue Smoke/Ruru Karaitiana/ (other side unknown) I think this was recorded in New Zealand during the 1948 concert tour.

*The Gates of Paradise; Someday my heart will awake/King’s Rhapsody/ Novello, Mark Lubbock, 1950

*Lift up your hearts/Simpson/Morian; Such lovely things/North, Mark Lubbock, 1951

The Night was made for love/The Cat and the Fiddle/ Kern I cannot trace a number for this - possibly from a broadcast?

HMV C 12” recordings

C1846 Chappell Ballads/Jack Hylton/ /Herbert Dawson (organ) WB (with vocal refrain) Side 1 Song of the Bow, Slave Song, Maire, my girl (WB), Queen of my heart, Homing, Love’s Coronation/Side 2 Intro, Long ago in Alcala, Where my caravan has rested, Love’s garden of roses (WB), A May morning, She is far from the land, Chorus Gentlemen, recorded 31 January 1930 – 7 February 1930

C2106 Merrie England Vocal Gems/German Side 2 When Cupid first this old world trod, The English Rose (WB), Robin Hood’s Wedding, (WB) With a hey, Robin (WB), Light Opera Company with WB

C2260 Chu Chin Chow Vocal Gems/Asche/Norton, Light Opera Company, including Stuart Robertson, WB 17 March 1931

C2800 Co-optimists Medley/Gideon/Olive Groves, Effie Atherton, WB, Stuart Robertson, George Scott Wood, 1 October 1935

C2814 Neapolitan Nights, Light Opera Company with WB

C2827 Memories of Tosti/La Scala Singers

C2867 This year of Theatreland with Janet Lind and chorus 2EA4081/2, 1936

C2890 Home and Beauty/Cochrane’s Coronation Review, with Janet Lind, Magda Neeld, WB Side 1 Sing something in the morning WB, A nice cup of tea JL, Twilight Sonata Side 2 Play it again, Love me a little today WB, No more MN, Sing, Royal Harp WB, 1937

C2903 Theatreland at Coronation Time, with Garda Hall, Stuart Robertson, Sam Costa, WB, Side 1 Song of the Vagabonds (SR and chorus), Music in May (GH), At the Balalaika (WB), Sing something in the morning (GH and chorus) Side 2 The night is young, and you’re so beautiful (GH&WB), I’ve got a thing about you (SC) If the world were mine (WB) Swing along (SR and chorus), 1937

C2961 Songs that have sold a million, with Foster Richardson, Dorothy Clarke, WB, December 1937

C3030 La Bohème/Your tiny hand is frozen/Puccini/ Carmen/Flower Song/Bizet, Liverpool PO, Warwick Braithwaite, 12 September 1938

C3050 Songs that have sold a million (2)/Dorothy Clarke, Foster Richardson, WB, 1938

C3051 Beneath her window/Serenade medley conducted by Walter Goehr/Herbert Dawson Side 1 Serenade/Drigo, Serenata/Toselli WB Serenade/Heykens Marie, Marie/Di Capua WB; Side 2 Serenade/Schubert, Serenata/ Moszkowski Serenade in the Night/Bixio (WB) 1938

C3053 La Bohème/Lovely maid in the moonlight/Puccini, with Joan Cross; Il Trovatore/Miserere/Verdi, with Joan Cross, Collingwood, Sadlers Wells, Abbey Road, London, 3 November 1938

C3095 Elijah/Ye people, rend your hearts/If with all your hearts; Then shall the righteous shine forth Mendelssohn Liverpool PO, Warwick Braithwaite, Kingsway Hall,28 February, 1939,

C3086 Rigoletto/Fairest Daughter of the Graces/Verdi, Quartet with Noel Eadie, Edith Coates, Arnold Matters; Faust/Then leave her/Gounod, with Norman Walker, Joan Cross, Collingwood, Sadlers Wells opera chorus and London PO, Abbey Road, London, 3 March 1939

C3087 Messiah/Comfort ye; Ev’ry Valley/Handel, LPO, Warwick Braithwaite, 28 February 1939,

C3116 Serenade/Schubert, Gerald Moore; If you had but known/Denza, Ernest Lush, Jean Pougnet (violin), 1939

C3124 Excelsior, Balfe; Watchman, what of the night?/Sargeant, WB with Dennis Noble, male chorus and  orchestra, Ronnie Munro, No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London, 19 October 1939  

C3128 Mikado Vocal gems Sullivan (part 1 & 2) Light Opera Company, with Anne Ziegler, Nancy Evans, Dennis Noble, George Baker; chorus & orchestra conducted by Isadore Godfrey at Kingsway Hall, London, 27 October 1939

C3130 Largo/Ombra Mai Fu/O friendly tree/Serse, Handel,  LPO, Wyn Reeves; Lost chord/Sullivan, Herbert Dawson (organ), Kingsway Hall, 28 October 1939, December 1939

C3139 Goodbye/Tosti; Liebestraum/Liszt, Warwick Braithwaite, 1940,

C3143 Carmen Vocal Gems/Bizet (parts 1&2) with Dennis Noble, Noel Eadie, Nancy Evans, Sadlers Wells Orchestra & chorus conducted by Warwick Braithwaite, Kingsway Hall 21 December 1939

C3151 Gondoliers Vocal gems/ Sullivan (part 1&2) Light Opera Company with Anne Ziegler Nancy Evans, Dennis Noble, George Baker; chorus and orchestra conducted by Isadore Godfrey,  Kingsway Hall, London, 27 October 1939

C3171 She is far from the land/Lambert, Gerald Moore; Snowy-breasted pearl/arr Robinson, Charles Prentice,1940

C3196 The Holy City; The Star of Bethlehem/Adams, 1941

C3261Take a pair of sparkling eyes/Gondoliers; A Wand'ring Minstrel, Mikado/Gilbert & Sullivan, Hallé Orchestra, Leslie Heward, 23 September 1941,

C3305 Semele/Where e’r you walk/ Pope/Handel; Saint Paul/Be thou faithful unto death/Mendelssohn, Hallé orchestra, Warwick Braithwaite 28 August 1942

C3309 Faust/Gounod/All hail thy dwelling pure and holy; Mastersingers/Prize Song/Wagner Hallé, Braithwaite, 29 August 1942

C3369 La Bohème/ In a coupé/ Puccini, WB with Dennis Noble; Rigoletto/ Caro Nome/Dearest Name/Verdi, Gwen Catley, Hallé Orchestra conducted by Warwick Braithwaite, 29 August 1942, Houldsworth Hall, Manchester

C3372 Don Giovanni/Mine be her burden; Speak for me to my lady Mozart, Liverpool PO, Sir Malcolm Sargent, 21 October, 1943,

C3378 Madam Butterfly /Ah, love me a little/Puccini, Duet (both sides) with Joan Hammond, Liverpool PO, conducted by Dr Malcolm Sargent/Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 21 October 1943

C3379 I Pagliacci/On with the motley/Leoncavallo, Basil Cameron; Aida/What if ‘tis I am chosen,Heavenly Aida/Verdi Liverpool PO, Sir Malcolm Sargent, 21 October 1943

C3398 The Barber of Seville/‘Tis the spring of all invention; Fifteen my number is/Rossini, with Dennis Noble, with Liverpool PO conducted by Basil Cameron, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 21 December 1943

C3402 Magic Flute/Oh loveliness beyond compare, Liverpool PO, Sargent, 21 October, 1943; Il Seraglio/ Constanze, Constanze/Mozart, Liverpool PO, Basic Cameron, 20 December 1943,

C3407 Hiawatha’s wedding feast/Onaway, awake Beloved/ Coleridge-Taylor; Esmeralda/O Vision entrancing/Goring Thomas, Liverpool PO, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 4 July 1944,

C3414 Jephtha/Deeper, and deeper still; Waft her angels through the skies/Handel, Liverpool PO, Malcolm Sargent, 4 July 1944

C3418 Morgen/R Strauss; Come into the garden, Maud/Balfe, Ernest Lush, Alfredo Campoli (violin), January 1945

C3430 Messiah/Thy rebuke hath broken his heart /Behold and see; He was cut off out of the land/But thou dids’t not leave his soul in hell/Handel, City of Birmingham Orchestra, George Weldon, 22 May 1945

*C3460 Nocturne/Chopin; Liebestraum/ Liszt/arr Besly, 1945

C3521 Ivor Novello medley, with WB, Helen Hill, Olive Groves, Peter Graves, Harry Acres, 15 October 1946

C3522  Ivor Novello medley(2) with WB, Helen Hill, Olive Groves, Peter Graves, Harry Acres, 15 October 1946

C3571 Creation/ And God created man/In Native Worth Haydn; Samson/O loss of sight/Total Eclipse/Handel, Stanford Robinson, Kingsway Hall, 7 February 1947

#C3635 Noel Coward medley (1) with AZ, Joyce Grenfell, Graham Payn, Harry Acres 11 March 1947

#C3636 Noel Coward medley 2 with AZ, Joyce Grenfell, Graham Payn, Harry Acres11 March 1947

C3796 Acis and Galatea/Love in her eyes sits playing, Love sounds the alarm/ Handel, Warwick Braithwaite, 8 March 1948,
C3844 God be in my head/Walford Davies;The Long day closes/
Sullivan, Tommy Handley Memorial Choir: Midgley, Booth,  Herbert \ Hancock\James, \ Allin, Dykes, Widdop, Jones, Jones, Parry; Noble,
Llewellyn; Frederick, February 1949 
HMV C 3844 2EA_13584-

C3939 Judas Maccabeus/My arms against the Gorgios/Sound an alarm, Braithwaite; Samson/Why does the God of Israel sleep?/Handel,Stanford Robinson December 1949

C3962 Evening song; The Message/Blumenthal, Melachrino

*C4125 Léhar Medley 1: The Merry Widow / The Merry Widow / Frederica / The Count Of Luxembourg / The Land Of Smiles 20 December 1950

*Léhar Medley 2, Mark Lubbock, 18 January 1951 (Number unknown)

Elijah/Excerpts/Mendelssohn, Knysna choral society, Dudley Holmes, Ena van der Vyver, WB singing baritone part. Private recording at concert. Knysna1968
Messiah/Thy rebuke hath broken his heart/Behold and See, piano accompaniment, private recording at concert. Knysna 1968
It is the merry month of May/Merrie England, Ena van der Vyver, WB, Private recording at Knysna concert, late 1960s.

The Creation/Haydn Monica Hunter, WB, Walter Heinen, St Anne’s College (chorus mistress: Mildred Augustyn), Michaelhouse, Pietermaritzburg Philharmonic orchestra (augmented), conducted by Ronald Charles, sleeve notes: Ronald Charles, City Hall, Pietermaritzburg, 19 September 1964, Recording engineers: Ah Hofmeyr, L E De Klerk, Recordings Unlimited, P’maritzburg.
Elijah/Mendelssohn Monica Hunter, Joyce Scotcher, Webster Booth, Wilfred Hutchings, Choral societies of St Anne’s (chorus mistress Mildred Augustyn) & Michaelhouse, John Harper (organ), conducted by Barry Smith, sleeve notes: John Morehen, Pietermaritzburg City Hall, 21 September 1963, Gallotone GALP101
The Golden Age of Ballads and Parlour Songs,
Miscellaneous singers, including Webster Booth, Parted, Tosti, George Melachrino OEA10928-1 B9472 20 March 1946, Sleeve notes: Lyndon Jenkins, EMI1987 GX2554
The Golden Age of Webster Booth,
Roses of Picardy, Vienna, city of my dreams, Drink to me only, Sweethearts, On Wings of Song, Nirvana, The Faery Song (The Immortal Hour), A Perfect Day, Serenade (The Student Prince), Passing by, Everywhere I go, Come into the garden, Maud, Song of the Vagabonds, Eleanore, I leave my heart in an English garden, At the end of the day, Sleeve notes: Hugh Palmer, 78s transferred by Peter Brown, EMI GX2547
Famous British Tenors
Miscellaneous singers, including Webster Booth, O Vision Entrancing (Esmeralda), Goring Thomas, Royal Liverpool PO, Malcolm Sargent, July 1944 Sleeve notes: Grenville Eves, 1970 EMI HQM 1228
Patience/The Gondoliers,
Gilbert and Sullivan, Gondoliers (Abridged version) Recorded under the direction of Rupert D’Oyly Carte, Dr Malcolm Sargent. (b) From the sunny Spanish shore;G Baker, E Ackland, A Moxon, W Booth, In enterprise of martial kind-G Baker, A Moxon, N Walker, W Booth, b I stole the prince-S Granville, A Moxon, N. Walker, W Booth, G Baker B3867, Sleeve notes: John Freestone, Transferred from 78s by Keith Hardwick, EMI SHB7 4
Irving Berlin Centenary Celebration, The Great British Dance Bands, including Webster Booth, Irving Berlin Waltz medley, Ray Noble, New Mayfair orchestra, 22 December 1930 EMI 1988 SH512
Webster Booth, I bless the day, The Faery Song, Snowy breasted pearl, Temple Bells, O vision entrancing, A bird sang in the rain, Take a pair of sparkling eyes, Star of my soul, When Big Ben chimes, Onaway! Awake beloved, Greensleeves, Come into the garden, Maud, If you are there, Love is my song, Where haven lies, Always From collection of Scott Sheldon, 1972, Canada, Rococo 5272
Webster Booth: Arias by Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and popular songs
Grove so beautiful & stately/Shadows so sweet (Serse), Deeper and deeper still/Waft her, angels, through the skies (Jephtha), Where’er you walk (Semele), Mine be her burden, Speak for me to my lady (Don Giovanni), Ye people rend your hearts, If with all your hearts,(Elijah), What if ‘tis I am chosen/Heavenly Aida (Aida), All hail thou dwelling pure and lowly (Faust), Flower song (Carmen), Your tiny hand is frozen (La Bohème), The Faery song (The Immortal Hour), Take a pair of sparkling eyes (Gondoliers), English Rose (Merrie England), Onaway! Awake, beloved (Hiawatha’s wedding feast), Sleeve notes: John Freestone, compiled from EMI archives by Bryan Crimp,1977, EMI HLM7109 OC O51-06 367M

WEBSTER BOOTH – MOONLIGHT AND YOU, Flapper, Past CD9709 (issued in 1989)
WEBSTER BOOTH in Opera and Song, Memoir Classics CDMOIR435
JOAN CROSS & WEBSTER BOOTH Loveliness beyond compare, The Greenhorn Record Company 0008
DRAWING ROOM BALLADS, Track 2: A brown bird singing, Wood, Track 6: Smilin’ through, Penn, 15: At Dawning, Cadman, Track 20: Song of songs, Moya, Track 24: Goodbye, Tosti, Webster Booth
THREE GREAT TENORS Josef Locke, Richard Tauber, Webster Booth, EMI 7243 8 34676 2 4
There are also a number of compilation CDs which feature Webster Booth in one or two tracks. These are:
ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC (1840-1990) Track 6: Onaway! Awake, beloved (Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast) Coleridge-Taylor, Webster Booth EMI CDM763370 2 (issued 1990)
A TRIBUTE TO DENNIS NOBLE Track 5: ‘Tis the Spring (Barber of Seville) Rossini, with Webster Booth. Dutton CDLX 7017
A PORTRAIT OF NORMAN WALKER Track 10: Then leave her (Faust) Gounod, with Joan Cross and Webster Booth Dutton CDLX 7021
STARS OF ENGLISH OPERA in the 1930s and 40s Track 10: O vision entrancing (Esmerelda) Goring Thomas, Webster Booth Dutton CDLX 7018
STARS OF ENGLISH OPERA Volume Two Track 16: Misere (Il Trovatore) Verdi, with Webster Booth and Joan Cross, Track 17: Quartet (Rigoletto) Verdi, with Noel Eadie, Edith Coates, Webster Booth and Arnold Matters Dutton CDLX 7020
STARS OF ENGLISH ORATORIO Track 10: And God created man..In native worth (The Creation) with Webster Booth Dutton CDLX 7025
MALCOLM SARGENT conducts Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH CD 2 Track 19: Ye people, rend your hearts; If with all your hearts, Track 23: Then shall the righteous shine forth, Webster Booth
DEBROY SOMERS AND HIS BAND Night Time Brings Dreams of You, Track 19: West End Night – Vocal Gems: Gay Deceivers (medley); You are Me Serenade; Stop Press (medley): You and the Night and the Music, Easter Parade, with Webster Booth, Muriel Barron, Marjorie Stedeford, chorus, Living Era CD AJA 5616 (issued in 2006)

Barcarolle/Offenbach, Anne Ziegler with Ena van der Vyver,
Merrie England Waltz/German private recording at Knysna concert.


SWEETHEARTS IN SONG: Anne Ziegler & Webster Booth 

Only a rose, Wanting you, Deep in my heart, dear, Love steals your heart, Ah! Sweet mystery of life, We’ll gather lilacs, Hear my song Violetta, Love’s last word is spoken, Lover, come back to me, Indian Love Call, I’ll see you again late fifties, Sleeve notes:: Leslie Green JCLP 10012 EMI (South Africa)
NET MAAR ‘N ROOS/Afrikaans Johannesburg

Net Maar ‘n Roos/Only a Rose, Laat Ons nie van Liefde Praat/Love’s Last Word is Spoken, Al die Soet Geheime/Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life, Diep in My Hart/ Deep in MHeart, Dear, So Donker die Nag/So Deep as the Night, Sal Jy Onthou?/Will You Remember?, Wunderbar, Dit is Verby/One Day When We were Young, Ons Sal Weer Blomme Pluk/We’ll Gather Lilacs, Liefling, Kom Terug na My/Lover, Come Back to Me, Die Heildronk van Jou Oë Drink to me only, As die Lente Kom/I’ll See You Again, Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, with Jack Dent (piano) and John Massey (organ), RCA 31,378,Johannesburg, 1960

SIDE 1 1 Songs we like to sing, Nursery school sing along, I went to visit my friend one day, We are busy washing linen, 2 This is the song of the pirate ship, Let’s play cowboys, When we play at Indians, 3 Down at the station, The tugboat, If you ever see a whale, The wheels of the bus, 4 Aeroplane song, There are horses in the meadow, Tall buildings in town, The Miner, SIDE 2 1 Zoom, zoom, Yodel-Elli-oh, Frere Jacques, 2 On the bridge of Avignon, Chinese music, In China people plant rice, 3 Bread is a lovely thing to eat, Will you be a sailor man? If I could have a windmill, 4 Dutch wooden shoes, I had a little engine, Our percussion Band, Nursery School sing along. Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, assisted by Michael Murray, Peter Robinson and the Nazareth House Children’s Chorus, conducted by Sylvia Sullivan. At the piano: Heinz Alexander. Presentation arranged by Gwen Murray, 1963 Gallo EKL20
MUSIC FOR ROMANCE – ANNE ZIEGLER & WEBSTER BOOTH The flower, The Golden song (Lilac Time, Schubert), Love me tonight, Tomorrow (The Vagabond King-Friml) What is done you can never undo (Lilac Domino-Cuvillier), Without your love (Dubarry-Millocker) Dearest love (Operette-Coward) Liebestraum (Dream of Love- Liszt, arr Besley), Nocturne, (Chopin, arr Besley), Music for romance (Magyar Melody-Sherwin), Lehar Medley, Life and love (Princess Charming-Sirmay), Dream Duet (La Belle Helene-Offenbach), Throw open wide your window, dear, (May) produced, compiled and transferred by Chris Ellis, Cover notes: Ralph Harvey, Encore, EMI records, 1980, ONCM 530 OC(054-07-228)
SWEETHEARTS IN SONG: ANNE ZIEGLER & WEBSTER BOOTH If you were the only girl in the world, A paradise for two, Wanting you, I’ll see you again, Lover, come back to me, Ah! Sweet Mystery of life, Fold your wings, Deep in my heart, dear, Only a rose, You, just you, Love’s old sweet song, Will you remember, When we are married, So deep is the night, Barcarolle, Indian Love Call, Love steals your heart, We’ll gather lilacs, Hear my song, Violetta, produced, compiled and transferred by Chris Ellis, Sleeve notes: Peter Gammond 1979 Encore, EMI records 1979 ONCM519 OC-054-06 936M

The following CDs were issued from the late 1980s when the original 78s were over fifty years old and going out of copyright. If you put in a search for these CDs on the Internet you should be able to obtain a new or second hand copy.
Sweet Song, Flapper Past CD7034
ANNE ZIEGLER & WEBSTER BOOTH Deep In My Heart, Music & Memories MMD 1044 (issued 1996)
ANN (sic) ZIEGLER & WEBSTER BOOTH Love’s Old Sweet Song EMI 7243 8 28434 2 9 (issued 1995)
ANNE ZIEGLER & WEBSTER BOOTH EMI100 7243 8 56897 2 7 (issued 1997)
WEBSTER BOOTH & ANNE ZIEGLER Along the Road to Dreams Living Era CD AJA 5365 (issued 2001)

Voice of Romance/ Fred Hartley’s quintet, Anne Ziegler, WB, presented by James Dyrenforth, radio broadcast (circa 1936) (Private collection)

Hugh the Drover/Vaughan Williams/Rose Alper, WB, Excerpts from Act 2, 1 November 1938 (National Sound Archive)

Down in the forest/Landon Ronald/Music Hall, 8 June 1946 BBC Earl and the Girl, The/Queen of June/Ivan Caryll,Music Hall broadcast
Floradora/Dolores/Leslie Stuart, Music Hall broadcast Gypsy Love/Léhar/ Music Hall Radio broadcast
Invitation to the waltz/Weber (Live, with Charles Forwood at the piano)
Merry Widow Waltz/Léhar BBC Music Hall broadcast
Pink Lady Waltz/Caryll/Radio Music Hall broadcast
Stormy Weather/Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler, Music Hall, BBC broadcast
Two eyes of blue/ Music Hall broadcast
You are my heart’s delight/Land of Smiles/Léhar/ Music Hall broadcast (Private collection)

Festival of variety 6 May 1951 (National Sound Archive)

Music Hall with Derek Roy, Percy Edwards, Anne Ziegler, Webster Booth, Sid Millward and his Nitwits, Jean Kennedy. The Big Top, The pawn shop on the corner. 31 May 1953, BBC Broadcast (2 sided disc) 78rpm (National Sound Archive)

Ah, leave me not to pine/Gilbert & Sullivan/ Lord Oom Piet, film soundtrack – interrupted) WB/AZ
The Battle Eve/Theo Bonheur/Graham Burns,WB/Anna Bender/ Drawing Room SABC April 1962
Drink to me only/WB/AZ Anna Bender/Drawing Room/SABC April 1962
Friend o’ Mine/Sanderson/WB/Anna Bender/ Drawing Room SABC April 1962
He’ll say that for my love/Xerses/Handel/AZ Anna Bender/Drawing Room/SABC April 1962
Little Damozel/Novello/AZ Anna Bender/Drawing Room Broadcast SABC
If you had but known/Denza/WB Anna Bender/Walter Mony/ Drawing Room SABC April 1962
Kashmiri Song/Woodford-Finden/WB Anna Bender/
Drawing Room SABC April 1962
My dreams/Tosti/WB Anna Bender/ Drawing Room SABC April 1962
O dry those tears/del Riego/WB Anna Bender/Drawing Room SABC April 1962
The second minuet/Besly/AZ/WB Anna Bender/Drawing Room/SABC April 1962
The sweetest flower that blows/Peterson/Hawley/WB Anna Bender/ Drawing Room SABC April 1962
Watchman, what of the night?/Sarjeant/ Graham Burns, WB Drawing Room SABC April 1962 (Private collection)

Bitter Sweet selection/Coward WB/AZ Johannesburg City Hall, SABC orchestra conducted by Edgar Cree
Drink to me only/AZ SABC orchestra conducted by Edgar Cree, City Hall Johannesburg SABC
Holy City/Adams/WB SABC orchestra conducted by Edgar Cree, City Hall/Johannesburg/SABC (Private collection)

I remember it well/Gigi/ Lerner & Loewe, AZ/WB various BBC broadcasts, late 1970s.
Merry widow waltz/ Léhar AZ/WB BBC broadcasts, late 1970s
Mifanwy/Forster WB BBC broadcast
My dearest dear/Novello AZ/WB BBC broadcasts, late 1970s
The Poplar/Mark Lubbock, WB BBC broadcast
We’ll gather lilacs/Perchance to dream/Novello AZ/WB BBC broadcasts, late 1970s (Private collection)

TV Broadcast title:ONLY A ROSE
Soundtrack to the television interview, Webster Booth's last television appearance, in which he and his wife talk about their career together with James Hogg.
BBC television recording (sound only) broadcast BBC2 July 31 1984. (National Sound Archive)

©Jeannie C 2009 

Updated July 2011   ©