Dolly Gray

dustyjack

Lantern Swinger
#1
Need some help please lads and lasses. I have been tasked with finding out the origin of the nicknmae "Dolly" for anyone with the surname of Gray. Anyone have any ideas? I have had a quick look around the net but not found anything.
 
#2
I think it might be from the (early) First World War song, Goodbye Dolly Gray. Google will give you the whole song, but the chorus is:

Goodbye Dolly, I must leave you,
Tho' it breaks my heart to go.
Something tells me I am needed at the front to fight the foe.
See the soldier boys are marching,
And I can no longer stay.
Hark! I hear the bugles calling,
'Goodbye Dolly Gray, Gray! Gray!

I say early First World War because the songs got less patriotic when thousands of troops had died at the Front.
 
#4
Does anyone happen to know the origins of Crash Evans? My old man said it came from a pilot that tried to fly through the gates of his establishment and, well, crashed.
 
#7
wardmaster said:
I think it might be from the (early) First World War song, Goodbye Dolly Gray. Google will give you the whole song, but the chorus is:

Goodbye Dolly, I must leave you,
Tho' it breaks my heart to go.
Something tells me I am needed at the front to fight the foe.
See the soldier boys are marching,
And I can no longer stay.
Hark! I hear the bugles calling,
'Goodbye Dolly Gray, Gray! Gray!

I say early First World War because the songs got less patriotic when thousands of troops had died at the Front.
I think you'll find it was a music hall song from the Boer War, around the turn of the (last) century.

2BM
 
#8
Yes! Just googled "Dolly Gray" and was able to listen to a 1901 recording made by Harry McDonough. So, Dustyjack, you'll be able to learn the tune as well and impress your oppos!!
Best of luck,

2BM
 
#9
What a cop out!!
I set him that task so he goes running to rum ration!!!
You will have to try harder next time dusty jack no brownie points for you!!
a disgusted OH!!
 
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