• The song, written by Harry Sayers (1857 - 1934), that transformedthe career of Lottie Collins (1866 - 1910), the British music-hallperformer. She began as a skipping-rope dancer, but became an overnightstar in 1891 when she introduced 'Ta-Ra-Ra-boom-De-Ay' with a high-kickingdance in the pantomime Dick Whittington at the Grand Theatre,Islington. She also sang it in the burlesque Cinder-Ellen-Up-Too-Late,which she was appearing in at the Gaiety, dashing from one theaterto the other to perform it. Collins eventually went to America, whereshe was paid £200 a week for her one-song act.