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It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

In 1912, two Irish music hall players were spending an afternoon in a pub at Stalybridge in Cheshire, England. They were extolling the musical traditions of Ireland when it’s said they boasted they could write and perform a song in the same day.

It might have been a gimmick to stimulate attendance or it could have been genius jumping out of its bag, for It’s a Long Way to Tipperary was performed that night at the Stalybridge Grand Theater by Jack Judge and Harry Williams. It was an overnight success that gained tremendous popularity during World War I as an Allies marching song.

Bits & Pieces, May 28, 1992, pp. 18-19

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