The Heaviest of Swells
The Flying Trapeze
Published: C. Sheard - November 1866
Music: Alfred Lee
Lyrics: George Leybourne
The Flying Trapeze – There are several contenders for who this song celebrates. At the time it was written trapeze acts were proliferating: Victor Julien (who was billed as The Flying Man) Jean Price; Les Freres Francisco, among many others. But the man it has always been linked to historically is Leotard – but was it Leotard?
More details are given in The Heaviest of Swells Vol I.