Whit Cunliffe  (1875-1966)
Last updated: 31.07.22
According to the Internet source given below, Whittaker "Whit" Cunliffe (15 December 1875 in Haslingden # 1 May 1966) was an English comic singer known for the outfits worn during his stage performances[1] and his World War I song "Hoch, Hoch Der Kaiser" and other songs including "What Does it Matter to Me?" (1906) and "A Different Girl Again". Cunliffe was described as being a bit of a dandy.[2] Like a number of other Music Hall stars, he chose to sing slightly risqué songs (like "Tight skirts have got to go" or "Let's have free trade amongst the girls"). His songs often also referred to political questions of the day and have a generally conservative tone ("Do you believe in women's rights?" "Blame it on poor old Lloyd George." "You'll get on in England if you're not an Englishman".) Generally, his political songs were conservative in outlook. His 1914 song "Tow the row row" for example both laughs at the forced feeding in prison of suffragettes a couple of years earlier, and denounces the Social Insurance laws put in place by Lloyd George's government in 1911. Cunliffe was an enthusiastic supporter of the First World War and was involved in a great many concerts raising money to help the war drive. Cunliffe was referred to as the last surviving member of the Lions Comiques,[3] the first great music hall singers.[4] "Whit Cunliffe and Charles Whittle were indeed great singers of great songs and the epitome of what made Music Hall".[2] Cunliffe died in Battle, East Sussex, shortly before his 91st birthday.[5]
Websites:
url15.gif Whit Cunliffe Biography by wikipedia.org.  
  Title Instruments/Issue Performers
       
  MP3 File(s)    
  as Performer Composers
audioextmp315.gif You'll Get on in England Edison Bell Record: 6949 F. Murray
     Performer CD Title Supplier
       
Folk Music CDs:
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     Title Attribution Remarks
       
url15.gif Follow Me, Girls Maurice Scott (music)
F.J. Barnes (co-author)
R.P. Weston (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
 
url15.gif I'd a Divil of a Time Last Night Unknown (words & music)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
 
url15.gif I'm on My Honeymoon Robert P. Weston (words & music)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
 
url15.gif In These Hard Times Frederick Johnson Barnes (music)
R.P. Weston (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
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url15.gif It's a Different Girl Again! Bennett Scott (music)
George Arthurs (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
 
url15.gif Knocking at Every Door Robert P. Weston (words & music)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
 
url15.gif Matrimonial Handicap, The Frederick Johnson Barnes (music)
R.P Weston (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
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url15.gif There Are Nice Girls Everywhere Robert P. Weston (words & music)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
 
url15.gif There's No Place Like London Robert P. Weston (words & music)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
 
url15.gif There's Something in the Seaside Air Robert P. Weston (words & music)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
 
url15.gif They Can Do Without Us Maurice Scott (words & music)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
 
url15.gif  Tight Skirts Have Got to Go Robert P. Weston (words & music)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
 
url15.gif Tow the Row Row Robert P. Weston (music)
Maurice Scott (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
 
url15.gif Up She Goes! Bennett Scott (music)
A.J. Mills (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
 
url15.gif What Does It Matter to Me Frederick Burgiss (music)
Miss Burgiss (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
 
url15.gif Whit Cunliffe's Book of Popular Songs Fred Murray (music)
Harry Leighton (words)
Charles Hilbury (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
 
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
           
  As performer        
pdf15.gif In These Hard Times F.J. Barnes (music)
R.P. Weston (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
Piano, Voice Monologues
pdf15.gif Matrimonial Handicap, The F.J. Barnes (music)
R.P Weston (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
Piano, Voice Monologues
This list is arranged by composer and contains 31 works performed by Whit Cunliffe 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 Calico (1905) George Arthurs H. Castling (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
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perf15.jpg If the World Were Ruled by Girls (1905) George Arthurs C W Murphy (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Matrimonial Handicap (1913), The Frederick Johnson Barnes R.P Weston (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
perf15.jpg In These Hard Times (?) Frederick Johnson Barnes R.P. Weston (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
perf15.jpg What Does It Matter to Me (1853c) Frederick Burgiss Miss Burgiss (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
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perf15.jpg Blame It on to Poor Lloyd George (1909) Harry Castling C W Murphy (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Poor Old Father (1907) Whit Cunliffe Penton Hook (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
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perf15.jpg Exercise (1908) Whit Cunliffe Penton Hook (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg I Would! I Would! (1905) Daniel Decatur Emmett Erroll Stanhope (words)
George Arthurs (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
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perf15.jpg Hock Hock Der Kaiser (1914) James H. Hall W. Cunliffe (perf.)
perf15.jpg  Eyes (1914) Bert Lee R P Weston (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
Fred Allandale (perf.)
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perf15.jpg All Little Girls Are Pretty (1907) Will Letters J.A. Glover-Kind (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
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perf15.jpg You'll Get on in England (1906) Fred Murray E J Hilbury (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
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perf15.jpg Whit Cunliffe's Book of Popular Songs (1907) Fred Murray H. Leighton (words)
C. Hilbury (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg You Can't Do As You Like With a Girl (1907) Henry E. Pether Percy Edgar (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Bonnie Scotland! (1904) Bennett Scott G. Arthurs (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
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perf15.jpg It's a Different Girl Again! (1906) Bennett Scott G. Arthurs (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Oh! the Steamer! Oh! the Sea! (1907) Bennett Scott A J Mills (words)
J.S. Baker (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Up She Goes! (1910) Bennett Scott(w&m) W. Cunliffe (perf.) Pub.
perf15.jpg Follow Me, Girls (1910) Maurice Scott F.J. Barnes (co-author)
R.P. Weston (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg They Can Do Without Us (1911) Maurice Scott W. Cunliffe (perf.) Pub.
perf15.jpg  I'd a Divil of a Time Last Night (1911) Unknown W. Cunliffe (perf.)
perf15.jpg There Are Nice Girls Everywhere (1909) Robert P. Weston(w&m) W. Cunliffe (perf.)
perf15.jpg Knocking at Every Door (1910) Robert P. Weston(w&m) W. Cunliffe (perf.)
perf15.jpg I'm on My Honeymoon (1911) Robert P. Weston W. Cunliffe (perf.)
perf15.jpg There's Something in the Seaside Air (1911) Robert P. Weston W. Cunliffe (perf.)
perf15.jpg There's No Place Like London (1913) Robert P. Weston W. Cunliffe (perf.) Pub.
perf15.jpg Tow the Row Row (1913) Robert P. Weston Maurice Scott (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg In These Hard Times (1915) Robert P. Weston W. Cunliffe (perf.) Pub.
perf15.jpg Tight Skirts Have Got to Go (1915) Robert P. Weston Fred J Barnes (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
Pub.
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 2 works by Whit Cunliffe (1875-1966). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: pdf15.gif
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Poor Old Father 1907 Penton Hook (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
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Exercise 1908 Penton Hook (words)
W. Cunliffe (perf.)
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     Title Duration Performer
       
youtube15.jpg What Does It Matter To Me? 2:07 W. Cunliffe
youtube15.jpg Hock Hock Der Kaiser (1914) 1:27 W. Cunliffe