Whit Cunliffe  (1875-1966)
Last updated: 01.10.20
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]
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This list is arranged by composer and contains 30 songs sung 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
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sm15.gif Calico (1905) George Arthurs H. Castling (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif If the World Were Ruled by Girls (1905) George Arthurs C W Murphy (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif In These Hard Times (?) F.J. Barnes R.P. Weston (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
sm15.gif Matrimonial Handicap (1913), The F.J. Barnes R.P Weston (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
sm15.gif What Does It Matter to Me (1853c) Frederick Burgiss Miss Burgiss (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif Blame It on to Poor Lloyd George (1909) Harry Castling C W Murphy (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif Exercise (1908) Whit Cunliffe Penton Hook (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif Poor Old Father (1907) Whit Cunliffe Penton Hook (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif Hock Hock Der Kaiser (1914) James H. Hall W. Cunliffe (sung by)
sm15.gif Eyes (1914) Bert Lee R P Weston (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif  All Little Girls Are Pretty (1907) Will Letters J.A. Glover-Kind (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif Whit Cunliffe's Book of Popular Songs (1907) Fred Murray H. Leighton (words)
C. Hilbury (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif You'll Get on in England (1906) Fred Murray E J Hilbury (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif You'll Get on in England if You're Not an Englishman (1906) Fred Murray E J Hilbury (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif You Can't Do As You Like With a Girl (1907) Henry E. Pether Percy Edgar (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif Bonnie Scotland! (1904) Bennett Scott G. Arthurs (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif It's a Different Girl Again! (1906) Bennett Scott G. Arthurs (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif Oh! the Steamer! Oh! the Sea! (1907) Bennett Scott A J Mills (words)
J.S. Baker (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif Up She Goes! (1910) Bennett Scott(w&m) W. Cunliffe (sung by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Follow Me, Girls (1910) Maurice Scott F.J. Barnes (co-author)
R.P. Weston (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif They Can Do Without Us (1911) Maurice Scott W. Cunliffe (sung by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif  I'd a Divil of a Time Last Night (1911) Unknown W. Cunliffe (sung by)
sm15.gif I'm on My Honeymoon (1911) Robert P. Weston W. Cunliffe (sung by)
sm15.gif In These Hard Times (1915) Robert P. Weston W. Cunliffe (sung by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Knocking at Every Door (1910) Robert P. Weston(w&m) W. Cunliffe (sung by)
sm15.gif There Are Nice Girls Everywhere (1909) Robert P. Weston(w&m) W. Cunliffe (sung by)
sm15.gif There's No Place Like London (1913) Robert P. Weston W. Cunliffe (sung by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif There's Something in the Seaside Air (1911) Robert P. Weston W. Cunliffe (sung by)
sm15.gif Tight Skirts Have Got to Go (1915) Robert P. Weston Fred J Barnes (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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sm15.gif Tow the Row Row (1913) Robert P. Weston Maurice Scott (words)
W. Cunliffe (sung by)
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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.
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Poor Old Father 1907 Penton Hook (words)
Whit Cunliffe (sung by)
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Exercise 1908 Penton Hook (words)
Whit Cunliffe (sung by)
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     Title Dur Performer Score/Song
         
youtube15.jpg Hock Hock Der Kaiser (1914) 1:27 Whit Cunliffe
youtube15.jpg What Does It Matter To Me? (1906) 2:07 Whit Cunliffe