He Went to a Party
There was a much neglected youth who used to live alone
First Line of Chorus:
Too ral loo ral derry down Ri fol de rol de ray
- Grossmith, George Jr.
- Concanen, Alfred
Alfred Concanen Collection
AlCon SL 00-075
Historical NotesGeorge Grossmith (1847-1912) was an English comedian, writer, composer, actor, and singer. His performing career spanned more than four decades. As a writer and composer, he created 18 comic operas, nearly 100 musical sketches, some 600 songs and piano pieces, three books and both serious and comic pieces for newspapers and magazines.
Grossmith is best remembered for two aspects of his career. First, he created a series of nine memorable characters in the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan from 1877 to 1889, and second, he wrote, in collaboration with his brother Weedon, the 1892 comic novel The Diary of a Nobody.
Grossmith was also famous in his day for performing his own comic piano sketches and songs, both before and after his Gilbert and Sullivan days, becoming the most popular British solo performer of the 1890s.