It is believed that the boy may have been the same (born 25th Oct. 1923, died 2001) as the famous Cliff Adams of the Cliff Adams singers on the BBC (1954 2001). Although Adams denied this to Stephen Beet, it is claimed that he revealed the truth in an interview with Frank Wappatt on BBC North.
All that is known is that Adams (of BBC fame) at the age of nine became a chorister at St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside. This would have made him around 12 or 13 at the time of the recording.
Clifford Adams Retail price 1/6. A: Ashamed of his poor old dad (incipit: While coming from the club one night in balmy month of May.) (song, 1905: wds & music Richard R. Hanch) B: Keep A Place In Heaven For Me (Mother Dear) (incipit: Since the angels took you from me, mother mine.) (song, 1934: wds George Raymond - music Arthur Stern)
"Sentiment laid on with the proverbial trowel" (The Gramophone, March 1934, p. 407). ". . . [He] delivers these two lachrymose ballads quite commendably without arousing us to empyrean heights of ecstasy." (Hubert S. Ryan in The Talking Machine and Wireless Trade News, London, March 1934, p. 24)
As well as chapters on Iwan Davies, Derek Barsham, and Denis Wright, amongst others there are also chapters under the following headings: The Temple Boys, The Manchester Boys, The Music Hall Boys, The Fleeting Boys, and The Broadcast Boys.
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