It quickly became popular at concerts, recitals and musical evenings across the world, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Here is a monologue of the poem.
The song became a concert favourite with the American vaudeville star Frank Crumit, who was popular in the first half of the 20th century. This was recorded in 1927. His recording of Abdul Abulbul Amir sold more than 4 million records.
The Irish singer and entertainer Brendan O’Dowda also loved the song and performed it regularly at concerts.
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