Albert Whelan: a great Australian entertainer
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Albert Whelan: 1875 - 1961

"Albert Whelan, Florrie Forde, and Billy Williams were the three most famous Australians who graced the stage of the British Music Hall.

Born in Melbourne, Whelan first made a name for himself entertaining the miners in the goldfields of Western Australia. Emigrating to Britain, he debuted as a “scarecrow” dancer at the Empire Theatre, Leicester Square, but his versatile talents soon led him to singing and piano playing.

Whelan invented the “signature tune,” and always came on stage whistling a waltz from Die Lustige Brüder [The Jolly Brothers].

Music Hall historian W. Macqueen-Pope (1950, 374) describes Whelan as having “an individual style which defies imitation, because it comes from his own inherent talent; he has, too, that perfect clarity of diction which was such a feature of Music Hall."

Listen to Albert

See Albert Perform




(Some old and tired recordings, starting from 1906, but we're working on adding and cleaning)

Barnacle Bill The Sailor

Bell Bottom Trousers (hi Lyall)

My Brother Makes The Noises For The Talkies

The Preacher & The Bear

The Whistling Bowery Boy