Artist: The Gay 90’s with Beatrice Key
Song: Daisy Bell
Album: The Gay 90's with Beatrice Kay
A medley of "BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO/WHILE STROLLING THROUGH THE PARK ONE DAY/THE SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK" from the album "The Gay 90's with Beatrice Kay"
The name of the wonderful Barbershop quartet singing behind her is the "Eligibles."
9655 - Beatrice Kay Sings Gay '90s - Beatrice Kay with Gerald Dolin & Eligibles [196?] There are actually two versions of this album on Golden Tone. The first (shown at right) is actually the intact Mayfair 9655S, on yellow vinyl, inside a Mayfair jacket, but with a gold sticker with the Golden Tone Logo on it pasted over the Mayfair logo on the front. The second version (shown at left), pressed on black vinyl and with song titles on the front, has one less song and a slightly different playing sequence, as follows. Mention My Name In Sheboygan (S)/After The Ball Is Over (S)/Medley: Bicycle Built For Two (Daisy Belle)-While Strolling Through The Park One Day-The Sidewalks Of New York (S)/She's More To Be Pitied Than Censured (S)/The Band Played On (S)//Hello Ma Baby (S)/My Mother Was A Lady (S)/Bill Bailey (S)/Medley: You Tell Me Your Dream And I'll Tell You Mine-In The Evening By The Moonlight-Sweet Rosie O'Grady (S)/She May Have Seen Better Days (S)
Beatrice Kay (April 21, 1907, New York City – November 8, 1986) was an American singer, vaudevillian, music hall performer, stage and film actress. She died in North Hollywood, California, aged 79.
"Daisy Bell" was composed by Harry Dacre in 1892. As David Ewen writes in American Popular Songs: “When Dacre, an English popular composer, first came to the United States, he brought with him a bicycle, for which he was charged duty. His friend (the songwriter William Jerome) remarked lightly: 'It's lucky you didn't bring a bicycle built for two, otherwise you'd have to pay double duty.' Dacre was so taken with the phrase 'bicycle built for two' that he decided to use it in a song. That song, Daisy Bell, first became successful in a London music hall, in a performance by Katie Lawrence. Tony Pastor was the first one to sing it in the United States. Its success in America began when Jennie Lindsay brought down the house with it at the Atlantic Gardens on the Bowery early in 1892.”
It is said that the song was inspired by Daisy Greville, Countess of Warwick, a British socialite and mistress of King Edward VII.