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Orac Lyr Req: When You Were Sweet Sixteen (J Thornton) (22) RE: Lyr Req: When you were sweet 16 - Full Versio 24 Jun 02

This lovely song got carved up by Al Jolson when he recorded it back in 1930. This bastardised version was copied by Perry Como (and others) in the late 1940's and then later by the Furys, whose version seems to be copied by everyone now. The Furys keep circulating this nonsense that James Thornton was Irish. He was English, born in Liverpool in 1861, he and his family moved to the States in 1869. His wife was not Irish either. She was an American lady that he met whilst he was working as a singing waiter. I would urge anyone wanting to learn this song to go back to the 1898 original, the melody of which is in three parts not two.

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