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Thread #129482   Message #2915360
Posted By: GUEST, Sminky
27-May-10 - 11:58 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Isabella, the Barber's Daughter (Clifton)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Isabella, the Barber's Daughter (Clifton)
The song led to a case of wife beating in Lambeth:

"On the night in question the complainant ['a comely and well-attired person, with a most ladylike demeanour'] obtained leave from her husband to sing in a tavern in which they met a familiar ditty, to the end of which was the "refrain" or chorus:

She'd a gingham umbrella.
And her name was Isabella,
And her father keeps a barber's shop in Islington.

Hull Packet, Aug 7 1863

Afterwards, the husband followed his wife outside and beat her up. He got 3 months hard labour.

The song was soon plagiarised:

"New Music

Words by Bedford Renter. Music by W.Cox. London: B.Williams - This is a companion song to 'The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue' and by this time is nearly as well known, as we very frequently hear reference made in the streets to Miss Isabella, who carries a gingham umbrella, and whose father is a perfumer [sic] up at Islington."

Era Magazine, Nov 15 1863