Gertie Gitana (1887-1957)
Last updated: 03.09.21
p_gitanag.jpgAccording to the Internet source given below, Gertie Gitana [Gertrude Mary Astbury] was an English music hall entertainer born in Longport, Stoke-on-Trent.
Aged just four, she was enrolled in Tomkinson's Royal Gipsy Children performing in Hanley. Her solo professional debut was in 1896 at the age of eight at The Tivoli, Barrow-in-Furness. She career continued with top billings, sometimes as "The Staffordshire Cinderella", with an act which included singing, tap dancing, yodelling, and playing the saxophone. Amongst her sentimental songs Nellie Dean (1905 - words & music: Henry W. Armstrong) became her signature tune with which she enjoyed great success. Her first recordings were made in London on the Jumbo label from 1911 to 1913. World War I saw her as the Forces' sweetheart entertaining the war wounded in hospitals. . After the war, she appeared in pantomime retiring in 1938 but made a comeback in 1948 in Thanks for the Memory which was also part of the Royal Command Performance. Her final appearance was in 1950 at the Empress Theatre, Brixton.
She died in Hampstead, London.
Fun fact: In Cockney rhyming slang, Gertie Gitana means a banana.
Websites:
url15.gif Gertie Gitana Biography by wikipedia.org.  

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This list is arranged by title and contains 6 lyrics performed by Gertie Gitana. The lyrics/monologues and *.pdf files have been kindly compiled by monologues.co.uk/musichall Keys: pdf15.gif
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url15.gif Molly Mcglory A.J. Mills (music)
Bennett Scott (words)
Fred Godfrey (words)
Gertie Gitana (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Never Mind Tom Goldburn (music)
Harry dent (words)
Gertie Gitana (perf. by)
 
url15.gif Silver Bell Percy Wenrich (music)
Edward Madden (words)
Gertie Gitana (perf. by)
 
url15.gif When I Leave the World Behind Irving Berlin (words & music)
Gertie Gitana (perf. by)
 
url15.gif When the Summer Days Are O'Er, Ann Gray Ralph Penso (words & music)
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url15.gif You're My Heart's Desire, I Love You Nellie Dean Henry W. Armstrong (words & music)
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youtube15.jpg Dinna Forget (3:06) W. David 
youtube15.jpg Nellie Dean (3:23) H. Armstrong 
youtube15.jpg Silver Bell (2:54) P. Wenrich 
youtube15.jpg When I Leave The World Behind (3:44) I. Berlin 
This list is arranged by composer and contains 14 songs sung by Gertie Gitana who is featured on sheet music covers. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: (w&m) ER
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sm15.gif You're My Heart's Desire, I Love You Nellie Dean (1905) Henry W. Armstrong(w&m) Gertie Gitana (perf. by)
Wm. B. Daly (perf. by)
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sm15.gif When I Leave the World Behind (1915) Irving Berlin Gertie Gitana (perf. by)
Fritzi Scheff (perf. by)
A. Jolson (perf. by)
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sm15.gif Dinna Forget! (1915) Worton David Bert Lee (words)
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sm15.gif My Dusky Princess (1915) Worton David R Penso (words)
Gertie Gitana (perf. by)
sm15.gif There's Silver in Your Hair (?) Worton David Lawrence Wright (words)
Gertie Gitana (perf. by)
sm15.gif Nellie Dean (1891-2) Barney Fagan Gertie Gitana (perf. by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Never Mind (1913) Tom Goldburn Harry Dent (words)
Gertie Gitana (perf. by)
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sm15.gif Molly Mcglory (1915.) A.J. Mills Bennett Scott (words)
Fred Godfrey (words)
Gertie Gitana (perf. by)
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sm15.gif When the Summer Days Are O'Er, Ann Gray (1910) Ralph Penso(w&m) Gertie Gitana (perf. by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Sweet Caroline (1910) Harry Staunton Will E Haines (words)
Donovan Meher (words)
Gertie Gitana (perf. by)
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sm15.gif  Morning Star! (1915) Thomas W. Thurban R.P. Weston (words)
Gertie Gitana (perf. by)
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sm15.gif Lola Lee (1910) Huntley Trevor T W Thurban (words)
Gertie Gitana (perf. by)
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sm15.gif Silver Bell (1910) Percy Wenrich Edward Madden (words)
Gertie Gitana (perf. by)
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sm15.gif There's a Cottage in Ballymahone (1914) Robert P. Weston T W Thurban (words)
Gertie Gitana (perf. by)
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