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  Charles Hawtrey   [George Frederick Joffre Hartree]    (b. 30 November 1914) Boy Soprano Soloist 
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Charles Hawtrey Charles Hawtrey started his career as an actor in films in 1922 at the age of seven; made his stage debut in 1925; broadcast on the radio from 1929. He is probably best known for his appearances (1958-72) in the British "Carry On" comedy film series and for the role of Thomas Duckett (the acting station master) in Powell & Pressburger's film "A Canterbury Tale" (1944). He made at least three 78rpm records as a boy soprano in harmonised duets with girl soprano Evelyn Griffiths (b. 1919). He died in 1988.
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Featured Recordings Compact | Full
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Carols: While shepherds watched / Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing (Regal MR.192 (10-inch), 78 RPM) November 1930
Featuring Charles Hawtrey  
A: While shepherds watched their flocks by night (carol: wds Nahum Tate (1652-1715) in Supplement to "The New Version of the Psalms of David" (1700). Record not heard but tune is prob. "Winchester Old" - 16th cent., first publ. as a setting for Psalm 84 in Thomas Este's "The Whole Book of Psalmes" (1592); poss. comp. by Thomas Este (c.1540-1608) or George Kirbye (c.1560-1634). Wds & music first publ. together in "Hymns Ancient and Modern" (1861)) (matrix WAR315-1)
B: Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing (carol: wds Charles Wesley (1707-88), "Hymns and Sacred Poems" (1739), et al. - tune from Mendelssohn's "Festgesang zum Gutenbergfest" for male choir (1840), op. 68 - second chorus "Gott ist Licht"; arr. by William Hayman Cummings (1831-1915) for Xmas 1855, publ. 1856) (WAR316-1)
Rec. 13 Sept. 1930 with girl sop. Evelyn Griffiths, string quartet & Muntel organ.
  Side A -   While shepherds watched their flocks by night (carol) (L)  
  Side B -   Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing (carol)  
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Petrie: I don't want to play in your yard / Weston: Hush! Here comes the Dream-Man (Regal MR.142, 78 RPM) Oktober 1930
Featuring Charles Hawtrey  
A: I don't want to play in your yard (song, 1894: wds Philip Wingate (d. 1925) - music Henry W. Petrie (1857-1925)) (matrix WAR52-1)
B: Hush! Hear comes the Dream-Man (song, c. 1911: wds & music Robert P. Weston (1878-1936), Frederick J. Barnes (d. 1918) & Maurice Scott (d. 1933)) (WAR51-1)
Rec. 15 March 1930 with Evelyn Griffiths, girl soprano, cond. Stanford Robinson.
  Side A -   I don't want to play in your yard (Petrie)  
  Side B -   Hush! Here comes the Dream-Man (Weston) (L)  
Charles Hawtrey - Bishop: Home, Sweet Home / Barnby: Sweet and Low
Bishop: Home, Sweet Home / Barnby: Sweet and Low (Regal MR.112 (10-inch), 78 RPM) September 1930
Featuring Charles Hawtrey  
A: Home, Sweet Home (incipit: Mid pleasures and palaces.) (ballad from opera "Clari, or, The Maid of Milan" (1823) by Henry Rowley Bishop (1786-1855) to libretto by John Howard Payne (1791-1852). Tune "partly founded" on a "Sicilian Air" in "Melodies of Various Nations" ed. by Bishop (London n.d. [1822]), vol. 1, pp. 69-72) (matrix WAR149-1)
B: Sweet and Low (incipit: Sweet and low, sweet and low, wind of the western sea.) (song, 1863: wds Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92), in "The Princess; a medley": publ. 1847 but this poem added in edn of 1850 - music Joseph Barnby (1838-96)) (WAR150-1)
Rec. 24 May 1930 with Evelyn Griffiths, girl soprano, string quartet & Eustace Pett, organ, cond. Stanford Robinson.

The pair were advertised as "Child Wonder Voices" in The Gramophone (Sept. 1930), "The Sweet-Voiced Children" in Regal's 1933 catalogue & "Angel Voiced Children" in The Sound Wave for Dec. 1930.
  Side A -   Home, Sweet Home (Bishop)  
  Side B -   Sweet and Low (Barnby)  
Books Compact | Full
Charles Hawtrey - Whatshisname: The Life and Death of Charles Hawtrey
Whatshisname: The Life and Death of Charles Hawtrey (Tomahawk Press 0955767075 , Book) April 2010
Featuring Charles Hawtrey  
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