Concert and record tenor who apparently never sang on stage. Nicknamed "England's most recorded tenor", he
made about 2,400 matrices for G&T alone, plus unknown numbers for other companies... numbers that must have been large, anyway, as already
the number of pseudonyms used implies: Herbert Payne, Harold Payne, David Boyd (a nom-du-disque also used by Harold Wilde!!), Arthur Brett, Cobbett, Eric Courtland, Arthur Gray (or Grey), Al(l)an Dale, Richard Pembroke, Jack Henty, Sam Hovey,
Arthur Adams, Arthur Edward(e)s, Edgar Froome, Bernard Moss, Billy Murray, Charles Nelson and J. Saunders – it's always Pike!
Many thanks to Anton Bieber for the recordings plus label scans (Cavalleria, Root song).
I wish to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording (Trovatore).