This was first recorded by Thomas Rome and sung by John James Villiers, a local Warnambool crockery store owner who was was also a local entertainer. It was recorded on a wax cylinder. It features not just one but two of our favourite chicken solo’s ever.
A year later, in 1897 Rome recreated a train derailment with the assistance of Drum virtuoso George Twentyman, known as ‘Herr Schoot’, who created effects to mimic the sounds of a steam train pulling out from a station and then leaving the rail.
That concludes the history of Australian recorded music day at Cyclic Defrost. We hope you’ve enjoyed the tunes.