Before Tom Jones there was Australia’s first pop recording star Billy Williams

he lure of a man holding a tantalising pair of underwear is what attracted me to this album featuring music from 1907-1914.

Maybe my mind was in the gutter but when I read the list of Billy Williams’s songs, I could not help but wonder how he came up with the names.

Especially with a range of quirky titles including John, John, put your trousers on, The Hobnailed boots that Father wore, Tickle Me, Timothy! Little Willie’s Woodbines and She does like a little bit of Scotch.

Most likely totally innocent! I think I need a dash of scotch because I do indeed love a glass!

The list of hits from the man in the velvet suit include:

1) John, John, put your trousers on
2) The taximeter car
3) The hobnailed boots that Father wore
4) Tickle Me timothy!
5) Put a bit of powder on it Father
6) Little Willie’s Woodbines
7) I must go home tonight
8) Girls of to-day
9) The land where women wear the trousers
10) I’ve found Kelly
11) When Father papered the parlor
12) St Kilda
13) Lets have a song upon the Graphophone
14) Chanticler
15) I never heard Father laugh so much
16) Take me where there are no eyes about
17) She does like a little bit of Scotch
18) It’s a grand old song
19) The Kangaroo hop
20) Wait till I’m old Father
21) The ragtime wedding
22) There must be something nice about the Isle of Man
23) There’s life in the old dog yet

Billy Williams

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