6 August 2011

Vesta Victoria

Vesta Victoria (26 November 1873 - 7 April 1951) was an English music hall singer and comedian. Although born in Leeds, Yorkshire, Vesta adopted a Cockney persona on stage. She began her career as a small child appearing with her father.

Her solo career took off in 1892 when Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow Wow became a hit. Vesta's comic laments delivered in deadpan style were as popular in the United States as in her homeland and she toured and recorded in America in 1907, where she was one of the most highly paid vaudeville stars. Between appearances, she lived on a houseboat, moored near Hampton Court.

In the late 20s and early 30s a revival in interest in music-hall comics saw a few of the surviving stars of early 20th Century Music Hall in studio recording medley's of their past hits for the 'Regal' and 'Columbia' labels. This one of Vesta Victoria was recorded in studio with Orchestra on 10th September 1931, the same day as Harry Champion's Medley. Vesta sings Waiting At The Church, He Calls Me His Own Grace Darling, It's All Right In The Summertime, Now I Have To Call Him Father, Poor John, and her most famous hit, Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me A Bow-Wow.

Vesta retired after World War I but re-recorded many of her hits in 1931 in a series of Old-Time Medleys, and appeared in the Royal Variety Show of 1932.
She also appeared in a number of films in the 1930s. She died at Hampstead on April 7, 1951.

Source: Classic Radio Comedy

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