Elsie Carlisle singing "Alone and Afraid" and "My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes"

“Alone and Afraid” and “My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes”

This 1931 Pathétone film clip shows Elsie Carlisle, accompanied by Harry Rubens at the piano, singing “Alone and Afraid” and “My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes.”

“Alone and Afraid.” Music by Jack Trent, words by Stan Leigh (1931). Recorded the same year by Jerry Hoey and His Band (Joe Leigh, vocalist), Jack Payne, and Arthur Lally (Maurice Elwin and Cavan O’Connor, vocalists). This song would be part of the soundtrack of the Stanley Lupino movie “The Love Race.”

“My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes.” Music by Jack Golden, lyrics by Ted Koehler and Edward Pola (1931). Recorded the same year by Al Bowlly, Marion Harris, the Debroy Somers Band (Dan Donovan, vocalist), and Fred Spinelly’s Band.

Elsie Carlisle (1931)

Elsie Carlisle (1931)

Video from British Pathé (YouTube)

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