Florrie Forde was one of Australia’s first major popular-music stars, specialising in songs with catchy choruses that the music hall audiences could sing along with. During the First World War she became well known for patriotic songs like ‘Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag’ and ‘It’s A Long Way To Tipperary’. Born in Fitzroy, Victoria in 1875, she sailed for England in 1897 and debuted in the London music halls later that year. She made her first recording in 1903 and by 1936 had recorded over 700 songs. Hold Your Hand Out Naughty Boy is a fine example. Forde died in 1940, shortly after entertaining troops at a naval base in Scotland.
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