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Roy Atwell

Roy Atwell was born John Le Roy Atwell on May 2nd, 1878 in Syracuse, New York.
His parents were Joseph Addison Atwell (b. 1838 d. 1889) and Louisa Maria Reymon (b. 1844 d. 1911)
Roy had 2 sisters and 1 brother.
---Emmeline (Lina) Maria Atwell (b.1870 d. 1941)
---Joseph Addison Atwell Jr (b. 1874 d. ? )
---Louisa (nicknamed Sadie) W. Atwell (b.1879 d. ?)

Roy would live his life as an entertainer.
In his early years as a boy in Syracuse, he would organize amateur plays in a neigborhood barn, with another local named Edna Pettie - who would become the international stage actress, Edna May. Roy would join the theater, become a recording artist, write plays, become a radio personality and star in films. He became known as the stuttering or double-talk comedian, but, he preferred to be called a "muddler" for mixing up his thoughts and words. Roy would later become the voice of "Doc" in Walt Disney's 1937 historic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs".

Roy would marry 3 times.
On January 11, 1907 Roy would marry Blanche Susanna Mecredy (also known by her stage name of Blanche West).
---Blanche was a Ziegfeld Follies girl.
---Blanche would divorce Roy in ?
On February 21, 1913 Roy would marry Dorothy Young.
---Dorothy was the daughter of the wealthy banker George W. Young.
---She would divorce Roy in 1916.
On July 25, 1919 Roy would marry Ethel Smith (or Schmidt), also a Ziegfeld Follies girl.
---They would have 1 child together - June Carol Atwell ( b. December 22,1920).
---This marriage also ended in divorce in 1936.
---The 1930 U.S. census shows Roy's age as 51, Ethel as 28 and June as 9 years of age.

Message from June C.Atwell
November 3rd 2012, 05:56:21 PM
June C. Atwell
Los Angeles, CA (previously, Westport CT)
I was thrilled to learn about the website. Now that I have seen it personally, I can say with assurance that my father would have been very pleased, especially by the fact that the Lambs Club was able to find this information in 2012. I had never heard the 1915 recording of 'Some Little Bug' before, so that was very exciting! Thank you for honoring his career and for memorializing him so beautifully, as well as noting his lifelong friendship with Edna May, which he cherished.
Listen to Roy sing "Some Little Bug Is Going To Find You", recorded in 1915.
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Courtesy of www.archive.org

Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Words by Benj. Hapgood Burt & Roy Atwell. Music by Silvio Hein.
Roy Atwell Silvio Hein Publication: New York: T.B. Harms, 1915.
Performer: Sung by Roy Atwell. The Song Hit From the Operetta "Alone at Last"


In these days of indigestion it is often times a question
As to what to eat and what to leave alone.
Every microbe and bacillus has a different way to kill us
And in time they all will claim us for their own.
There are germs of every kind in every food that you can find
In the market or upon the bill of fare.
Drinking water's just as risky as the so-called "deadly" whiskey
And it's often a mistake to breathe the air.

For some little bug is going to get you someday.
Some little bug will creep behind you someday.
Then he'll send for his bug friends
And all your troubles they will end,
For some little bug is gonna find you someday.

The inviting green cucumber, it's most everybody's number
While sweetcorn has a system of its own.
Now, that radish seems nutritious, but its behavior is quite vicious
And a doctor will be coming to your home.
Eating lobster, cooked or plain, is only flirting with ptomaine,
While an oyster often has a lot to say.
And those clams we eat in chowder make the angels sing the louder
For they know that they 'II be with us right away.

For some little bug is going to get you someday.
Some little bug will creep behind you someday.
Eat that juicy sliced pineapple,
And the sexton dusts the chapel
Oh, yes, some little bug is gonna find you someday.

When cold storage vaults I visit, I can only say, "What is it
Makes poor mortals fill their systems with such stuff?"
Now, at breakfast prunes are dandy if a stomach pump is handy
And a doctor can be called quite soon enough.
Eat a plate of fine pig's knuckles and the headstone cutter chuckles
While the gravedigger makes a mark upon his cuff.
And eat that lovely red bologna and you 'II wear a wood kimona
As your relatives start packing up your stuff.

For some little bug is going to get you someday.
Some little bug will creep behind you someday.
Then he'll send for his bug friends
And all your troubles they will end,
For some little bug is gonna find you someday.

Those crazy foods they fix, they'll float us 'cross the River Styx
Or start us climbing up the Milky Way.
And those meals they serve in courses mean a hearse and two black horses
So before meals, some people always pray.
Luscious grapes breed appendicitis, while their juice leads to gastritis
So there's only death to greet us either way.
Fried liver's nice, but mind you, friends will follow close behind you
And the papers, they will have nice things to say.

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