AUSTIN RUDD

Popular Singer and Comedian





Austin Rudd was one of Britain's finest comic singers.

 

He was born Arthur Rudd on 4th December 1868 in London.

 

His first professional appearance was at the age of 22 at Deacon's Music Hall, Clerkenwell.    From that moment on, he worked consistently for the next forty years, appearing in practically every leading Music Hall in the country, sometimes performing up to seven shows a night.      He often topped the bill and shared those bills with some of the brightest talents in music hall entertainment including Dan Leno, Marie Lloyd, Lottie Collins, Little Tich and Bessie Bellwood.

 

Austin also toured America, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. 

 

His act was described as being 'quaint in style' and other times as 'robust' and he would often wear curiously odd make up.

 

Austin wrote and composed many of his own songs, a speciality being a burlesque clerical number.    His best-known songs include "Sailors Don't Care', Here We Suffer Grief And Pain', 'Gallery and Boxes' and "She Was In My Class" which he sang to captive audiences, often at the Victoria Palace, London.

 

Arthur Rudd passed away on 24th March 1929 at the age of 60.

 

He was buried with his family in the churchyard of St Lawrence Church in Morden.

 

THE SONGS AUSTIN SANG:

BOBBING UP AND DOWN LIKE THIS!

THE BODY'S UPSTAIRS

COME OUT!

DO YOU MIND GETTING UP A LITTLE FARTHER?

THE EIFFLE TOWER

GALLERY AND BOXES

HE HADN'T MUCH LEFT

HOW PLEASANT

I DIDN'T KNOW

I'M THE LODGER

I PUT IT SOMEWHERE ELSE

I SAW HIM HOME

I WAS OFF

LEAVE THE OLD ONE

MAKING THE LADIES LAUGH

MILES AWAY FROM LAND, MILES AWAY FROM SEA

MUSIC HALL CHANT

OH! THE DIFFERENCE

PRETTY LITTE MAID SAID 'OUI MONSIEUR'

THE PRO'S SUPPER

DANGER, RED LIGHTS

SAILOR'S DON'T CARE

SHE WAS IN MY CLASS

SUPPOSE YOU HAVEN'T GOT IT

THEY FOUND ME

THIS IS THE WAY YOU GO

WE HAD TO PART