Ella Retford (1886-1962)
Last updated: 02.09.22
p_refforde.jpgAccording to the Internet source given below, Elinor Maud Dawe (née Flanagan) using the stage name Ella Retford, was an English music hall comedian, singer and dancer, and a stage and film actress born in Sunderland.
Somewhere around 1900 she moved to London performing primarily as a dancer in music hall shows, initially as a dancer. By 1906, she was established as a performer in revues and pantomimes playing principal roles. From 1908 she began to make recordings some of her most successful songs includef All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor (1908 music: Maurice Scott; word: A.J. Mills) and Molly O'Morgan (1909 - music: Will Letters; words: Fred Godfrey).
She appeared in Royal Variety Performances in 1912, 1921 and 1938. In later years she also made film appearances as a character actress.
She died in London.
Websites:
url15.gif Ella Retford Biography by wikipedia.org.  

  Title Composer Instruments/Issue
       
  MP3 File(s)
audioextmp315.gif She's a Girl Up North F. Godfrey Edison Amberol: 12072
     Title Remarks Supplier
       
cd15.gif  At The Football Match Last Saturday   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif  Music Hall   flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
     Title Attribution Remarks
       
url15.gif Hannah, Please Open That Door Kirk McGee (music)
Sam McGee (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
 
url15.gif Have You Seen My Chinee-Man? Bennett Scott (music)
A J Mills (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
 
url15.gif I Want a Girl: Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad Harry von Tilzer (music)
Will Dillon (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
 
url15.gif I'd Like to Bring My Mother Percy Greenbank (music)
Paul A Rubens (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
 
url15.gif I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark Egbert A. van Alstyne (music)
Harry Williams (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
Hetty King (perf.)
 
url15.gif Popsy Wopsy Bennett Scott (music)
A.J. Mills (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
 
url15.gif She's a Girl Up North F.E. D'Albert (music)
F. Godfrey (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
 
url15.gif She's a Lassie From Lancashire C.W. Murphy (music)
Dan Lipton (words)
John Neath (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
Florrie Forde (perf.)
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url15.gif Ship Ahoy Bennett Scott (music)
A.J. Mills (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
 
url15.gif Smith, Jones, Robinson and Brown Sam Mayo (music)
John P. Harrington (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
 
url15.gif Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty A.J. Mills (music)
Fred Godfrey (words)
Bennett Scott (words)
Lily Morris (perf.)
Ella Retford (perf.)
 
url15.gif  There's a Girl in Havana Irving Berlin (music)
A. Baldwin Sloane (co-author)
E. Ray Goetz (words)
& A. Baldwin Sloane1 (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
 
url15.gif They're All Single by the Seaside C.W. Murphy (music)
Worton David (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
 
url15.gif You Made Me Love You Jimmie V. Monaco (music)
Joe McCarthy (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
 
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
           
pdf15.gif She's a Lassie From Lancashire C.W. Murphy (music)
D. Lipton (words)
John Neath (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
Piano, Voice Monologues
     Title Composer/Song
     
youtube15.jpg Molly O' Morgan (1910) (2:25) W. Letters
youtube15.jpg You're Wrong (1908) Mr Wright (2:56)
This list is arranged by composer and contains 21 works performed by Ella Retford 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
     Title Composer Attribution Remarks
         
perf15.jpg I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark (1907) Egbert A. van Alstyne H.H. Williams (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
Hetty King (perf.)
Clarice Vance (perf.)
Della Fox (perf.)
M. Irwin (perf.)
May Vokes (perf.)
Elizabeth M. Murray (perf.)
Billy Murray (perf.)
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perf15.jpg There's a Girl in Havana (1911) Irving Berlin A. Baldwin Sloane (co-author)
E. Ray Goetz (words)
A. Baldwin Sloane (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
perf15.jpg She's a Girl Up North (?) F.E. D'Albert F. Godfrey (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
perf15.jpg She's a Girl Up North (1909) Fred Godfrey Fred E d' Albert (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
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perf15.jpg I'd Like to Bring My Mother (1915) Percy Greenbank Paul A Rubens (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
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perf15.jpg Smith, Jones, Robinson and Brown (1920) Sam Mayo John P Harrington (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
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perf15.jpg Hannah, Please Open That Door (1927) Kirk McGee Sam McGee (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
perf15.jpg We're Irish and Proud of It Too (1914) Tom Mellor H. Gifford (words)
F. Godfrey (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg All the Boys in Khaki Get the Nice Girls (1915) Tom Mellor H. Gifford (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
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perf15.jpg Five Days Leave (1916) Tom Mellor(w&m) Ella Retford (perf.) Pub.
perf15.jpg  Heigh-Ho! (1917) Tom Mellor H. Gifford (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
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perf15.jpg Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty (1916) A.J. Mills Fred Godfrey (co-author)
Bennett Scott (co-author)
Lily Morris (perf.)
Ella Retford (perf.)
Daisy Taylor (perf.)
Daisy Dormer (perf.)
Dorothy Ward (perf.)
Florrie Forde (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg You Made Me Love You (1913) Jimmie V. Monaco Joseph McCarthy (words)
Florence Smithson (perf.)
Ella Retford (perf.)
A. Jolson (perf.)
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perf15.jpg She's a Lassie From Lancashire (1907) C.W. Murphy Dan Lipton (words)
John Neat (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
Florrie Forde (perf.)
perf15.jpg They're All Single by the Seaside (1911) C.W. Murphy Worton David (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
perf15.jpg Has Anyone Seen a German Band? (1907) Bennett Scott A.J. Mills (words)
Florrie Forde (perf.)
Ella Retford (perf.)
Florrie Gallimore (perf.)
Daisy Dormer (perf.)
Mina Brae (perf.)
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perf15.jpg Have You Seen My Chinee-Man? (1908) Bennett Scott A J Mills (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Popsy Wopsy (1910) Bennett Scott A J Mills (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
Daisy Taylor (perf.)
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perf15.jpg What Do You Say, Molly Molloy? (1910) Bennett Scott A J Mills (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
May Mars (perf.)
Cressie Leonard (perf.)
Lyoyd Morgan (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Ship Ahoy (1920) Bennett Scott A J Mills (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
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perf15.jpg I Want a Girl: Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad (1911) Harry von Tilzer William Dillon (words)
Ella Retford (perf.)
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