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Scottish music hall star, a gifted character comedian
French was brought up in Dundee, where his mother was ballet mistress at the Theatre Royal, and appeared regularly in pantomimes in Scotland and Ireland as a boy.
He created many extraordinary stage characters, including a madcap Geordie footballer. Dressed in a black and white Newcastle United strip (given to him by the club’s star players), this character became a great favourite with music hall audiences in the North-East of England.
Sometimes billed as the “Anglo-Scottish Comedian”, French would sing Scottish songs dressed in a kilt, including Maggie Frae Dundee, a comic song and patter number in which he was besotted with a girl who worked in a jam factory.
This is a fine signature and date (March 16th, 1929) in black ink on a vintage album page (6" x 5"). In very good condition. To the reverse are the ink signatures of African-American music hall and radio comedians, Scott & Whaley (in one hand).