George Ridley  (1835-1864)
Last updated: 30.08.20
p_ridleyg.jpgAccording to the Internet source given below, George "Geordie" Ridley was a Tyneside concert hall songwriter and performer born in Gateshead.
Described as Tyneside's most famous songwriter he started work as an eight-year old boy in the pits for 10 years before becoming a waggon-rider for a heavy engineering firm. He was seriously injured at the firm leaving him to become an entertainer to make a living.
. His career was short-live to his injury from which he never really recovered. He performed widely through the North England in many venues amongst which were the Grainger Concert Hall, the Wheat Sheaf Music Hall and the Tyne Concert Hall. His best know song is undoubtedly The Blaydon Races which he first sang in Balmbra's Music Hall in 1862.
He died in Gateshead.
Websites:
url15.gif George "Geordie" Ridley Biography by wikipedia.org.  
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book15.gif  book15.gif   A Choice Collection of Tyneside Songs (1863) Edward Corvan, George Ridley, J. P. Robson flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
book15.gif  Gannin' to Blaydon Races! Dave Harker flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
This list is arranged by title and contains 2 lyrics performed by George Ridley. The lyrics/monologues and *.pdf files have been kindly compiled by monologues.co.uk/musichall
     Title Attribution Remarks
       
url15.gif Blaydon Races, The G. Ridley (sung by)  
url15.gif Cushie Butterfield George Ridley (words)
G. Ridley (sung by)
 
This list is arranged by composer and contains 2 songs sung by George Ridley who is featured on sheet music covers. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located.
     Title Composer Attribution Remarks
         
sm15.gif Cushie Butterfield (1864) Harry Clifton George Ridley (words)
G. Ridley (sung by)
arr.: J. Candy
sm15.gif Blaydon Races (?), The George Ridley G. Ridley (sung by) air "Brighton"
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 16 works by George Ridley (1835-1864). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
Blaydon Keelman, The ? air "Dixey's Land"
Blaydon Races, The ? George Ridley (sung by)
air "Brighton"
Bobby Cure, The ? air "The Cure"
Bullerwell and Summer's Race ? air "Young Man From the Country"
Cabman, The ? air "Spider and the Fly"
Chambers ? air "The Whole Hog Or None"
City Champion, The ?
Hogg and Foster's Race ? air "Kiss Me Quick"
Joey Jones ? air "Pat of Mullingar"
John Spencer ? air "Hamlet"
Johnny Luik-Up ? air "Sally Come Up"
Newcastle Celebretries ? air "Nothing More"
Rifleman, The ? air "Coal Black Rose"
Sheels Lass For Me, The ? air "The Whole Hog Or None"
Stephenson Monument, The ? air "John Barleycorn"
Teasdale Wilson ? air "The Happiest Man Alive"