BETTY BARCLAY






BETTY BARCLAY was a talented singer and comedienne.

 

 

She was born Lucy Everline Raven on 17th November 1880 in Saltley, Warwickshire.   Her father Irving Raven was a paper maker. 

 

In 1910 Betty formed her own concert party The Vanities and a year later staged a pantomime, playing the part of Red Riding Hood at the Drill Hall, Basingstoke.  

 

It was while she was touring the Isle of Wight that she came into contact with a young baritone by the name of George Glover.   It was here that an idea was born to form a music hall act and call it 'Betty Barclay and a Baritone.'

 

They toured the variety circuit together from 1911 to 1914 until being spotted at the Palace Theatre, Manchester by Julian Wylie, who booked them for a solid four years.  

 

Their act has been described as being refined, original and beautiful, with both of them dressed magnificently in black and white.  They became a huge success, appearing in all the popular venues throughout the United Kingdom.

 

Betty married three times and had one daughter.  

 

Her second husband was Lieutenant Commander Basil Arthur Beal of the Royal Navy, who was killed on active service in 1917.

 

George Glover, described as 'The Fellow Who Put The Tone In Baritone' became her third husband.

 

Betty Barclay passed away on 18th July 1925 aged 44.    

 

She now rests in New Southgate Cemetery.

 

THE SONGS THAT BETTY BARCLAY SANG INCLUDE:

 

DOWN IN GYPSYLAND WITH YOU

FIND ANOTHER STRING TO YOUR BOW

HALLO, BABY

I DO LOVE YOU, MY ORANGE GIRL

I WANT MY HOME IN OHIO (Recorded)

IF WE FOUND A LITTLE CORNER IN THIS GREAT BIG WORLD.

IF YOU WANT A BOY, A GENUINE BOY

I'M A BIG GIRL NOW

IN YOUR QUAINT FRILLS AND LACES 

I NEVER KNEW WHAT LOVE WAS TILL I FELL I LOVE WITH YOU

I WONDER

KHAKI BOY

LITTLE GIRL FROM QUAKER LAND

MAKE ME THE KING OF YOUR HEART

MY OLD LADY

WHEN I LOST YOU

WILLIE, WILL YOU LEAVE OFF WINKING

WORK, IF YOU'VE NOTHING ON THIS EVENING.