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Along the Road to Gundagai (1931)

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'Along the Road to Gundagai'

Clip description

This 1931 version of ‘Along the Road to Gundagai’, composed by Jack O’Hagan in 1921, is performed by popular singer of the day Peter Dawson. This clip features the lesser known opening verse of the song.

Curator’s notes

Peter Dawson made this professional recording in London and the sound quality is amazingly good. There is a strong backing band and backing vocals under the chorus. Dawson was one of the biggest recording stars in England and Australia in the 1920s and ’30s, recording many of the most popular and operatic songs of the day. Although it’s a popular song, it is sung here by Dawson in a rather high style, perhaps a reflection of Dawson’s opera background.

To see Jack O’Hagan perform his song in the same year as Dawson recorded it, go to Jack O’Hagan: Vocalist Composer (1931).

There’s a scene that lingers in my memory
Of an old bush home and friends I long to see
That’s why I am yearning
Just to be returning
Along the road to Gundagai

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