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The music hall star Charles Coborn wrote this in 1886 as "a parody upon a stupid American semi-ballad"; this was "My Nellie's Blue Eyes
" which was sung by Ida Morris. Coborn wrote in his autobiography: "The air was tuneful enough, but the words were so trivial that I felt that it screamed out to be parodied..." The parody went down much better than the original, although Coborn said he didn't claim that the words were much better. The Coborn song was arranged by Edmund Forman and published by Francis Brothers & Day of London that same year.
In his long career, Coborn sang and recorded "Two Lovely Black Eyes" many times. In the 1979 discography British Music Hall On Record, Brian Rust lists a recording at London c1905 with the chorus in 9 languages - Coborn made a habit of this sort of thing - another cJanuary 1913 with the chorus in 8 languages; and cNovember 1924 with the chorus in 9 languages again. The song was also recorded by Stanley Holloway. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2)
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