Coborn had no formal musical training, and in the early 1880s some of his songs were arranged by Willie Milne, the conductor of an orchestra.
He performed the character song "The London Cabby
" dressed in a cabman's overcoat, hat and whip, but his two most famous songs were the 1886 parody "Two Lovely Black Eyes
", which he wrote himself, and the Fred Gilbert composition "The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo
". Initially he rejected the song, but having a sudden change of heart, tracked Gilbert down and bought the rights off him for ten pounds. Although he would eventually sell it for six hundred pounds, the song, and the toff character he created for it became his trademark. He recorded it several times up until a fairly advanced age, and even used the title for his autobiography "THE MAN WHO BROKE THE BANK" MEMORIES OF THE STAGE & MUSIC HALL
Charles Coborn's final performance was in the 1943 film Variety Jubilee
; he died in 1945 at the age of 93.
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