The Bay Of Biscay

Album: English Melodies (1936)

Songfacts®:

  • "The Bay Of Biscay" is written in 2/4 time and can be found in the 1936 collection ENGLISH MELODIES easy arrangements by Cyril Stanford, which was published by H. Freeman of London. Although the melody may be English, "The Bay Of Biscay" was actually written as a poem by the Irish-born actor John Cherry. The music was written by the Exeter-born John Davy, and was his most famous composition.
  • According to Derek Scott in The Singing Bourgeois, the Victorian tenor Sims Reeves used "The Bay Of Biscay" as a standard encore for thirty years; the song was also a popular choice for school music lessons in England at one time. The actual Bay of Biscay is located between Spain and France; the term Bay is something of a misnomer, as it is a very large area, and is renowned for some of the most treacherous storms in the Atlantic, the subject of the song. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

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