Stars of Vaudeville # 612: G.S. Melvin

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Today is the birthday of George Spencer Melvin (1886-1946). A music hall comedian and pantomime dame from Aberdeen, Scotland, he toured American vaudeville in 1908, 1912, and 1924. Melvin’s father, G.J.,a dance champion,  had been a pal of Harry Lauder, and ran a little theatre, along with three touring companies. The younger Melville’s most famous contribution was the music hall song “I’m Happy When I’m Hiking”,which became a brief national craze in the 30s. Melvin sadly died in a flood in 1946.

Now here he is at work, and I guarantee if you watch it this morning it will make your day. I intend to steal his every move!

To find out more about the variety arts past and presentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famousavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. 

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And don’t miss my new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Mediaalso available from amazon.com etc etc etc

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