Accompanying himself on guitar, Elton Hayes was quite at ease singing English folk songs and ballads, modern ditties or the Edward Lear ‘Nonsense’ songs. His many live performances relied heavily on songs from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries for he had a great love of old English music. Over the years, he collected together hundreds of songs and ballads to which he put his own guitar arrangements. From these he would chose the appropriate ones to use in a performance, all adapted to his individual style. Elton also composed many of his own songs. They called him the minstrelsy through the ages. His recording career was relatively short. Between the years 1950 and 1957 Elton recorded 42 songs and contributed to one album, the soundtrack of Disney’s Robin Hood. Many fine songs from his repertoire were sadly never put on record.
Sweet Music And A Small Guitar – Hello; The Smile And The Tear; A Spanish Bolero; A Whale Of A Tale; All Around My Hat; Ballad Of The London Mail; Black Is The Colour Of My True Love’s Hair; Bublitscki; Cielito Lindo; Early One Morning; Foolish Pride; Gaily The Troubadour Touched His Guitar; Here’s A Toast; Home Dearie, Home; I Had A Hippopotamus; I Pass All My Hours*; I, Yi, Yi; If Ever I Marry, I’ll Marry A Maid; Joe The Carrier Lad; Just A Wearyin’ For You; La Boca De Pepita; La Paloma; Madrecita; Maximillian The Moth; Mister And Mississippi; My Heart Is Like A Nightingale; My Lady Greensleeves; My Lodging Is On The Cold Ground; My Sweet Wench; Oh The Cuckoo She’s A Pretty Bird; Pirate Gold; Planting Rice; Sad Am I Without Thee; Sugar, Strawberries And Cream, - The Songs Of Edward Lear: The Owl And The Pussycat; The Broom, The Shovel, The Poker And The Tongs; The Duck And The Kangaroo; The Table And The Chair; The Quangle Wangle’s Hat; The Jumblies; The Cuckoo Clock; The Floral Dance; The Flying Dutchman (Ahoy! Ahoy! Ahoy!); The Girl I Left Behind Me; The Girl In The Wood; The Housewife And The Highwayman; The Keeper Of The Eddystone Light; The Landlady’s Daughter; The London Beau; The Mermaid; The Miller’s Daughter; The Pedlar; The Phantom Stagecoach; The Seal (The Grey Selchie); The Soldier; The Soldier’s Return; The Spanish Lady; The Spanish Lady’s Love; The Spinning Wheel; The Vain Dreamer; ‘Tis True I Never Was In Love; The Wise Man (The Youth Of The Heart); Wand’rin’ Star; Whoa Emma; A Flea And A Fly In A Flue; Sweet Music And A Small Guitar – Goodbye;