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Arthur Lloyd Tours America and Canada

Advertisement from the Era Annual of 1895 - Mr. Arthur Lloyd The great comedian and vocalist, author and composer of 1,000 songs. After most successful seasons in Theatres in London and Provinces with his great drama "Ballyvogan," and his farcical, musical comedy, "Our Party," and in Variety Theatre with his Comical Musical Trios and Sketches, will return in the Fall of 1895 to the United States and Canada. - Courtesy Jennifer Carnell.

Above - Advertisement from the Era Annual of 1895 - Mr. Arthur Lloyd The great comedian and vocalist, author and composer of 1,000 songs. After most successful seasons in Theatres in London and Provinces with his great drama "Ballyvogan," and his farcical, musical comedy, "Our Party," and in Variety Theatre with his Comical Musical Trios and Sketches, will return in the Fall of 1895 to the United States and Canada. - Courtesy Jennifer Carnell.

Arthur Lloyd is known to have toured the USA and Canada during 1893 - 1894 - 1895 and his songs were sung there too, sometimes without credit. The Not For Joe song sheet shown here, sung by Johnny Mack, has a credit to Lloyd for the music yet the words, credited to G.C.H. are clearly a reworking of Lloyd's too. Whether this was done with his consent is unknown.

Unfortunately one of his tours in the USA was not a success, due to reasons beyond his control, and left him severely out of pocket. On his return to the UK he found all the halls booked out and nowhere to perform.

Fellow artistes rallied round and a Benefit was held for him several months later at the Royal, Holborn (see below).

 

The Arthur Lloyd Benefit

Arthur Lloyd for forty-five years has been an entertainer in theatres and music halls, sometimes in London variety theatres, on other occasions touring with his "Two Hours Fun" concert company. In the theatres he has presented his comedy, Our Party, and his drama, Ballyvogan. He was once lessee for three years of the Queen's Theatre, Dublin, where his lavish expenditure on the theatre and performers was not equal to his returns, and he left Dublin at the end of his lease, having lost a little fortune. He commenced again in London, and having made some money, in a few years later opened a new hall in Glasgow. Not being in locality suitable to his style of catering, in a few months he lost all again. In 1893, having an offer to go to America with his son and daughter - on a salary and percentage - to produce his musical comedy, Our Party, the management to provide the rest of the company and all else, he accepted the offer, thinking it would revive his fortunes. Unfortunately it was the World's Fair year at Chicago. Everybody in the States and Canada - from every city, town and village - who could afford to go rushed off to Chicago. Consequently there were few people left to attend amusements. Many old-established American companies broke up, and the actors and actresses returned to New York, and were reduced to such straits that benefits were got up all around for them. The man that engaged Arthur Lloyd bolted six weeks after he had commenced, owing him seven hundred dollars, and leaving him without a cent, although he had paid the rest of the company. Arthur Lloyd ascertained the names and various towns he was booked at, communicated with the managers, and carried the tour till Christmas. Finding there was no money in it for him, he finished with the comedy company. He then, with his son and daughter and a pianist, toured through Canada till May 1894, and made enough money to pay his way and fares home. He found on his return that the system of booking far ahead had grown to such an extent that he could not get in anywhere for several months, and the debts accumulated during the American misfortunes has been a drag on him ever since, till at last, his funds being exhausted, his friends have proposed a benefit. Arthur Lloyd has spent thousands of pounds in and on the profession, and in no other ventures, consequently professionals should support him. Those artistes who have so materially benefited by singing his songs (sometimes without asking permission) should help the success of the benefit in every way they can. It will take place at the Royal Music Hall, Holborn, on Monday afternoon. Dec. 10th. Seats can be booked at the Royal box-office and at all the libraries, and contributions to the benefit fund can be sent to the hon. sec, W. R. Pope, 36, Blythwood road, Crouch-hill, N. Arthur Lloyd and the late William Holland (with Jolly Nash) were the originators of the Music Hall Sick Fund, of which G. W. Hunt has been the secretary since its foundation.

Above right - Another reworking of one of Arthur Lloyd's popular songs - From The website of The California Sheet Music Project.

 

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