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Winifred Emms (4 April 188328 September 1972), best known by her stage name Hetty King, was an Englishmarker entertainer who played in the music halls over a period of 70 years.


Emms was born in Shoreditchmarker, Londonmarker on 4 April 1883.


Emms adopted the name Hetty King when she first appeared on the stage of the Shoreditch Theatre, at the age of six with her father, William Emms (1856-1954), a comedian who used the stage name of Will King. By 1905, she was appearing in music halls, with her solo act, as a male impersonator, often dressed as a "swell". Her career spanned both World Wars when she performed in the uniform of either a soldier or a sailor. She also played the "principal boy" in many pantomimes. She continued to entertain until the end of her life, touring with the show Thanks for the Memory.


She was married to actor and writer Ernie Lotinga (aka Ernest) (1876-1951), born in Sunderlandmarker. Her husband was a music hall comedian, singer and theatre proprietor, appearing as Dan Roe from 1898; who appeared in films in the 1920s and 1930s, often as the comic character PC Jimmy Josser.

The family were not related to H. Vernon Watson (1886-1949), the music hall artist performing under the sobriquet Nosmo King.

Hetty King was cremated at Golders Green Crematoriummarker.

Songs recorded

1907 sheet music cover
  • All the nice Girls Love a Sailor - Also known as Ship Ahoy
  • Piccadilly
  • Tell her the Old, Old Story
  • Down by the Riverside
  • I'm Going Away
  • Now I'm Home Again
  • Bye Bye Batchelor Days
  • Love 'em & Leave 'em Alone
  • Fill 'em up
  • Oh Girls, why do you Love the Soldiers
  • What Does A Sailor Care?

Her half brother, Harold Emms, wrote many of Hetty's songs with his Frenchmarker wife, Francine.


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