The continuing appearance of new ballads during the twentieth century was due not least to Alan Robert Murray, whose ‘I’ll walk beside you’ is included in the first of Thomas Allen’s ballad collections. Born in Guernsey, Murray was educated at Malvern College and Pembroke College, Cambridge, and combined military and musical careers with distinction. He served with the Seaforth Highlanders from 1912 to 1936, attaining the rank of major, was an able pianist, and composed attractive ballads and other light music. In 1930 he became Director of the Royal Academy of Music. Of his co-lyricists here, Herbert James Brandon was born and died within a few miles of Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire; Philip James Park was born in Preston and, after working as pianist and cinema organist, became noted for his adaptations of classic light operas for amateur companies.
from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2003