Teddy James Mendelssohn's 1844 anthem "Hear My Prayer" complete on two sides (please see under Ernest Lough for fuller details). Rec. with the Choir and organ of the City Temple Church.
"Scout Teddy James gives us quite a jolly little rendering of this Mendelssohn anthem and is well supported by the Choir and Organist of the City Temple. Unfortunately he has been superseded by another and more gifted boy chorister, and comparisons are proverbially odious. Therefore I can only commend the record as a valiant attempt, and its recording as a realistic reproduction of the same." (Review by Hubert S. Ryan in Gramophone and Radio News [London], Sept. 1930, p. 268.)
Teddy James A: He shall feed His flock (from oratorio "Messiah", 1742, by G.F. Handel (1685-1759)) B: Danny Boy (Weatherly - please see under Thomas Tweedy for details) Both rec. with the organ of the City Temple Church.
Teddy James A: Nazareth (sacred song by Gounod - please see above under Parlophone R.527 for details) The Holy City (semi-sacred song by Adams - please see under Derek Barsham for details) Both rec. 1930? with the organ of the City Temple Church. (N.B. This was not the famous Temple Church off Fleet Street, but a Congregational church in Holborn Viaduct, London, built in 1874 and destroyed in an air-raid in 1941.)
"For some reason or another the vogue for boy sopranos has been a brief one with gramophonists, one of the few who still keep the flag flying in this direction being Scout Teddy James. His efforts are praiseworthy, but even his best endeavours fail to camouflage the latent shrillness of his voice in the upper register. Neither of his songs can be described as ambitious, but he needs more training before he can be classed with the brightest lads at the game." (Review by Hubert S. Ryan in Gramophone and Radio News [London], July 1930, p. 208.)
Teddy James A: Danny Boy (song, 1912 by Weatherly - please see under Thomas Tweedy for details) B: Who is Sylvia? (Schubert, arr. Geehl - please see under Robert Harris for details) Instrumental accompaniment.
Teddy James Two sacred songs by Charles Francois Gounod (1818-93): A: Ave Maria (1853-59, tune adapted from J.S. Bach's "Wohltempierte Klavier" BWV846, here arr. Henry Ernest Geehl (1881-1961)) B: Nazareth (1856, orig. French wds by A. Porte ("Jesus de Nazareth"), here arr. Geehl)
A review in The Sound Wave (London, Jan. 1930, p. 51) says "His voice is pure and sweet, and he sings with a perfect sense of time and tune."
Teddy James Scout Teddy James (Boy Sop) with Organ City Temple London.
Side A: In an Old-Fashioned Town (A.L. Harris - Wm Henry Squire: 1914)
Side B: The Minstrel Boy (Moore)
Disc probably issued 1930.