A recording courtesy of the Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound’s 2009 Advent Calendar. The Star of Bethlehem by Stephen Adams was hugely popular in the early twentieth century. www.recordedsound.no/lyd/index.htm?filid=109
Less well known is Stephen Adams’ connection with a notorious murder case – the Maybrick poisoning. Adams was the brother of the victim, James, who was also a suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders. An unexpectedly ghoulish connection for a composer, who was best loved for his religious songs. Adams’ lyricist, Fred E. Weatherley is probably best known for his lyrics, Danny Boy, and for the wartime classic Roses of Picardy.