Howard Talbot

(1865—1928) composer and songwriter

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b. Richard Lansdale Munkittrick, 9 March 1865, New York City, New York, USA, d. 12 September 1928, Reigate, Surrey, England. From the age of four Talbot was raised in London and after studying medicine he changed track and attended The Royal College of Music. Although unsuccessful at first, selling only a few songs, in 1894 his comic opera, Wapping Old Stairs, was put on in London but only for a very limited run. Next came Monte Carlo (1896), which was performed in both the UK and the USA. He made his living as a conductor and also continued to sell occasional songs that were interpolated into shows written by others. Then came his show, A Chinese Honeymoon (1899), which ran for more than 1, 000 consecutive performances, the first show to achieve this. Among his songs for this show are ‘Martha Spanks The Grand Pianner’ and ‘The À La Girl’. From this point onwards, as A Chinese Honeymoon won international acclaim, Talbot was financially secure although he continued to work as a conductor. His own work in succeeding years included The Blue Moon (1904), The White Chrysanthemum and Miss Wingrove (both 1905), The Girl Behind The Counter (1906), The Three Kisses (1907) and The Belle Of Brittany (1908), successes among these markedly outweighing flops.


From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.

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