That Old Bush Shanty Of Mine by Billy Desmond
Jack O’Hagan’s ‘That Old Bush Shanty of Mine’ was first recorded by British baritone Billy Desmond for Aco in 1925, with subsequent recordings by Donn Reynolds and His Westerners, Doug Owen, Alan Fountain, The City Slickers, and Slim Dusty.
The B-side is 'I Can't Do Anything Right', also composed by Jack O'Hagan, which is included on this recording after 'That Old Bush Shanty of Mine'.
The woman who features on the cover of the sheet music is Victoria Carmen. An English vaudeville and theatrical star, she toured Australia with JC Williamson Ltd in the second half of 1924. She was described as ‘England’s most shapely principal boy’, and was the first to sing ‘That Old Bush Shanty of Mine’ on stage.
Matrix number: C-6692-X
Cover image: ‘That Old Bush Shanty of Mine’ sheet music (1924). NFSA title: 1495054.