Tom Bowling


Introduction

Charles Dibdin was born in Southampton in 1745 and died in London in 1814. He wrote over 600 popular songs, which reflect pride behind British traditions (interestingly, he contributed to the development of the pantomime tradition). They were extremely popular in his day not only in England but also in Canada and America before and during the American Revolution, and during the War of 1812. Dibdin wrote the words and the music for Tom Bowling (also known as The Sailor’s Epitaph) on the death of his eldest brother, Thomas, who was captain of a ship in the East...

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