Harry Baker

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Harry Baker, singer from Maidstone, Kent.

His wife, Frances Baker, was also a singer.

His version of Death and the lady, collected by Francis Collinson in 1946, was printed in JEFDSS Vol 5 No 1 (1946), p19-20, with the following note:

"Mr. Baker of Maidstone, who is in his seventies, has worked all his life as an engineer at Thomas Tillings'. He is a little uncertain in his singing, and I had to ask him to repeat the tune of "Death and the Lady" a number of times before I was certain of having it down correctly."


Mr. Baker sang only four verses, but his version, with expanded words, was included in the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs.

Death and the Lady - Take Six site