William Henry Crump, better known by the stage name Harry Champion, was an English music hall composer, singer and comedian, whose onstage persona appealed chiefly to the working class communities of East London. His best-known recordings include "Boiled Beef and Carrots", "I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am", "Any Old Iron" and "A Little Bit of Cucumber". Champion was born in Bethnal Green, East London. He made his stage debut at the age of 17 at the Royal Victoria Music Hall in Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, in July 1882. He initially appeared as Will Conray and went on to appear in small music halls in the East End of London. In 1887 he changed his stage name to Harry Champion and started to perform in other parts of London where he built up a wide repertoire of songs. His trademark style was singing at a fast tempo and often about the joys of food.
About Harry Champion
Remembered for such Cockney-flavored, comedic signature songs as "I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am," "A Little Bit of Cucumber," and "Boiled Beef and Carrots," this songwriter, vocalist, and comedian was a star of the early-twentieth century British music hall scene.
When he was just fifteen years old, he performed at the Royal Victoria Music Hall in East London.
While pursuing his comedy career, he also founded a business called WH Crump and Sons that provided carriages for fellow traveling comedy performers.
Born William Henry Crump, he grew up in London's East End as the son of Matilda Watson Crump and Henry Crump. His marriage to his comedy music tour accompanist, Sarah Potteweld, resulted in four children.
He and Arthur English were both comedians in the music hall tradition.
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