Sunday, September 30, 2012 | Categories: Episodes
A 1910 playbill featuring Music Hall superstar Marie Lloyd, who was known as the "Queen of the Halls."
My Old Man and Music Hall: Former British prime minister John Major talks about his book, My Old Man, on the history of Victorian Britain's answer to Vaudeville.
"In March 1962, I sat with an old man as he lay dying. He was barely conscious, with familiar half-smiles dancing across his well-worn and gentle face, but I knew where he was in his imagination - where he wanted to be.
"The lights were bright. A boisterous audience was cheering. Aged eighty-two, and over thirty years since he had left it, he was back on the stage.
"In life he had few possessions, but he died a richer man than most, with a song in his heart and joy in his soul. He was my father, Tom."
Marie Lloyd was one of Music Hall's most beloved stars. When she died, at age 52, thousands lined the route of her funeral procession. TS Eliot said she expressed the soul of the people.