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The Lambeth Walk

The Lambeth Walk

Composer: Rogers, E W

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1899

Shelfmark: H.3981.p.(1.)

Item number: Tract (1.)

Genre: Printed Music

This is not the 'Lambeth Walk' song and dance made famous by the musical Me and My Girl in 1937, but is a song about the Limehouse district of London, (Lambeth Walk is a street off Lambeth Road). It comments on the 'Cockney' way of walking with their thumbs tucked into the sleeves of their waistcoats. The singer Alex Hurley, was married to Music Hall star Marie Lloyd, who was one of the most popular performers of the time. Her act was witty, often verging on the improper using winks and gestures to suggest double meanings, Alex Hurley lived in her shadow for much of his career.

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