Album: not on an album (1926)
  • songfacts ®
  • Melody Maker was launched as a monthly magazine in January 1926. On page 3 appeared an advertisement for "Araby" which was said to have been written by "The World's Greatest Popular Composer", and was described as "The Most Haunting Refrain Ever Written."

    To those in the know, this hype was probably not that surprising for Horatio Nicholls who wrote "Araby" to be alluded to as the world's greatest popular composer because his real name was Lawrence Wright, the publisher of Melody Maker.

    Alas, "Araby" does not live up to the hype, it is a fair piece of uptempo music, but certainly nothing special, like most of the songs written by this tireless self-publicist. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

The Evolution of "Ophelia"Song Writing

How four songs portray Shakespeare's character Ophelia.

The 10 Bands Most Like Spinal TapSong Writing

Based on criteria like girlfriend tension, stage mishaps and drummer turnover, these are the 10 bands most like Spinal Tap.

Bryan AdamsSongwriter Interviews

What's the deal with "Summer of '69"? Bryan explains what the song is really about, and shares more of his songwriting insights.

Jay, Peaches, Spinderella and other Darrining VictimsSong Writing

Just like Darrin was replaced on Bewitched, groups have swapped out original members, hoping we wouldn't notice.

Janet JacksonFact or Fiction

Was Janet secretly married at 18? Did she gain 60 pounds for a movie role that went to Mariah Carey? See what you know about Ms. Jackson.

Crystal WatersSongwriter Interviews

Waters tells the "Gypsy Woman" story, shares some of her songwriting insights, and explains how Dennis Rodman ended up on one of her songs.