ANNIE ADAMS






ANNIE ADAMS was one of the very first female music hall performers, often billed as The Queen of serio-comic vocalists.

 

She was born on 16th November 1843 at The Green Dragon Hotel, Newport on the Isle of Wight to Innkeeper and hotel manager Thomas Adams and his wife Harriet.  She had two brothers: John and Walter.

 

Annie grew up in Southampton and it was whilst she was working as a bar maid in one of her father’s pubs that Annie began singing songs.   Annie sang various songs including ballads and it was said that her voice was so strong that glasses trembled across tables. 

 

It wasn't long until Annie started performing at other local establishments that included The Royal Hartley Institute, Carlton Rooms and others.  

 

In 1862 Annie made her first professional performance at Barnard’s Music Hall in Chatham, Kent and after being spotted and subsequently signed up by Ambrose Maynard, she went on to make her London debut at Weston’s Music Hall, Turnham’s Music Hall and the London Pavilion and it was this same year that Annie married Henry Whiting otherwise known as the comic singer Harry Wall on 22nd May 1862.  

 

From here on Annie became a huge success and by 1871 had set off for a tour of America.

 

Annie’s musical repertoire extended to over thirty songs, the most popular being ‘When The Band Played On’ which was composed by G. W. Hunt.

 

By 1881 Annie had retired from the music hall stage and husband Harry had become a Dramatic and Musical Agent.

 

Annie and Harry had one son called Harry and he married Louie Wilmot who was associated with the Grand, Islington.

 

Annie died following an operation on 12th May 1905 aged 61.  She was laid to rest at Highgate Cemetery.

 

The songs that Annie Adams sang:

 

APPLES OR ORANGES

THE BARBER

DO YOU WANT APARTMENTS?

ENGLISH GIRLS

FAREWELL MARY JANE

GASLIGHT GREEN

GO AHEAD

GOODBYE, I’M GOING TO MARCH AWAY

HAMPSTEAD IS THE PLACE TO RURALIZE

HE PLAYED ON THE INDIAN DRUM

HE WAS AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN

I KNEW THAT I WAS DREAMING

IT’S ENOUGH TO MAKE A GIRL GO MAD

JESSIE THE BELLE AT THE BAR

JOHNNY CAME A-COURTING ME

JOHNNY THE ENGINE DRIVER

LET’S ENJOY LIFE WHILE WE CAN

LOOK AT THE CLOCK

THE MAN WITH THE INDIAN DRUM

THE MERRIEST GIRL THAT’S OUT

MONA FROM BARCELONA

OH1 VOULEZ VOUS

OH, WOULDN’T YOU LIKE TO KNOW

ONCE HE WAS A GAY SAILOR

PRETTY CAROLINA or CHOW CHOW CHOPSTICK

SPEAK UP LIKE A MAN

SUSAN, SUSAN, PITY MY CONFUSION

THREE TO ONE – BAR ONE

UP IN A BALLOON

UPON THE GRAND PARADE

WHEN THE BAND BEGINS TO PLAY

WHY AM I LEFT SINGLE?