Bradman’s record

Don Bradman cut a coaching record for Columbia in 1930, called How It’s Done , emulating Jack Hobbs from the previous decade. Columbia also signed up Harold Larwood to make Leg Theory in 1933, but it was the Essex batsman James Cutmore who got to sing on a record, featuring with vocals in Smiling Irish Eyes for Parlophone, presumably taken from the 1929 film. These days singing cricketers are quite common, most notably Mark Butcher, of Surrey and England, Brett Lee (Australia), Henry Olonga (Zimbabwe) and quite a number of Indian players.

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