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Music hall dad

John Major’s memoir of his father gives us a front row seat

By Ken Dodd   November 2012

An 1893 programme for a music hall bill that includes the stars Marie Lloyd and Dan Leno

 An 1893 programme for a music hall bill that includes the stars Marie Lloyd and Dan Leno

This gent phoned me the other day. “Listen!” he ses, “D’you fancy doing a write-up for us? A review?”

“How d’you mean?” I ses.

“John Major has written a book about his dad and the old music hall. Now you know a bit about this!  So how about it? We’ll give you a few bob,” he ses.

“Right,” I ses. “I’ll get up and get dressed. When do I start?”

The words “music…

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