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William Brown
Last updated: 11.10.23
This is another amusing song I learned from Brian Kelly when in the Idle Fellows and have found absolutely no record of it anywhere. It's the story of one William Brown who is threatened with the sack if he doesn't work harder. Well, our Bill works so hard and produces so much that his boss can't sell it. "The market falls and the price goes down, in seven more days they sack young Brown", as the song goes. If there is a moral to this song, then it beats me!
Since writing the above, not so long ago, I have just (at 23.54 on Friday 22nd of January 1999) come across a certain Stan Kelly of Liverpool on the Internet. The plot thickens! Could Stan and Brian be related? Stay tuned, dear surfer, don't fail to miss the next exciting installment.
A bloody southerner, after moving to Yorkshire (England's Texas) some 20 odd years later, my ignorance on this belter of a song surfaced. While buffing up my Yorkshire repertoire, I learned from the good folk at Yorkshire Garland that it was first published in the Labour Community Song Book bv I.L.P. Publications (Brian's source?) in 1927.
It was written by one Arthur T. Hagg using the old tune of So Early in the Morning with a few verses penned by Bill Keable.

Oh! The late lamented Brian Kelly was not related to Stan,
  Issue Instruments Performer
  DBE MP3 Sample    
audiodbemp315.gif Ditty Box Voice, Concertina Geoff Grainger
  MP3 File(s)    
audioextmp315.gif TYG: 102 Ray Padgett
  Midi File(s)   Sequencer(s)
audiomidi15.gif Midi Unknown
     Performer CD Title Supplier
cd15.gif Geoff Grainger Ditty Box dbe15.gif
cd15.gif Hamish Imlach Sonny's Dream CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15it.gif
     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
pdf15.gif Keep That Wheel A-Turning (1927) A.T. Hagg (w&m)
Bill Keable (words)
Score, Voice York Garland
     Title Performer Composer
youtube15.jpg William Brown (2:30) Bill Destler