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Harry Lauder

Sir Henry Lauder (; 4 August 1870 – 26 February 1950) was a Scottish singer and comedian popular in both music hall and vaudevillian theatre traditions; he achieved international success.

He was described by Sir Winston Churchill as "Scotland's greatest ever ambassador", who also wrote that Lauder, "... by his inspiring songs and valiant life, rendered measureless service to the Scottish race and to the British Empire." He became a familiar worldwide figure promoting images like the kilt and the cromach (walking stick) to huge acclaim, especially in America. Among his most popular songs were "Roamin' in the Gloamin", "A Wee Deoch-an-Doris", "The End of the Road" and, a particularly big hit for him, "I Love a Lassie".

Lauder's understanding of life, its pathos and joys, earned him his popularity. Beniamino Gigli commended his singing voice and clarity. Lauder usually performed in full Highland regalia—kilt, sporran, tam o' shanter, and twisted walking stick—and sang Scottish-themed songs, including Roamin' in the Gloamin'.

By 1911 Lauder had become the highest-paid performer in the world, and was the first British artist to sell a million records; by 1928 he had sold double that. He raised vast amounts of money for the war effort during the First World War, for which he was knighted in 1919. He went into semi-retirement in the mid-1930s, but briefly emerged to entertain troops in the Second World War. By the late 1940s he was suffering from long periods of ill-health and died in Scotland in 1950.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 4th, 1870 (Portobello), Died Strathaven

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1902 - 1931

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, baritone vocal, songwriter, speaker, leader, author, arranger

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 153 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-6104 10-in. 4/13/1908 Medley of Harry Lauder songs Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-8446 10-in. 12/7/1926 Stop your ticklin', Jock! Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor B-8446 10-in. 12/12/1909 Stop your tickling, Jock Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist, composer  
Victor B-8447 10-in. 12/12/1909 Tobermory Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist  
Victor CVE-8448 12-in. 12/7/1926 The bounding bounder Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-8448 12-in. 12/12/1909 The bounding bounder Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-8449 10-in. 12/12/1909 I've something in the bottle for the morning Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist  
Victor C-8449 12-in. 12/12/1909 Fu' th' noo' Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor B-8458 10-in. 12/12/1909 Wee Jean MacGregor Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-8459 12-in. 12/12/1909 The wedding of Sandy McNab Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-8460 12-in. 12/12/1909 Saftest of the family Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-8461 12-in. 12/12/1909 When I get back to bonnie Scotland Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-8462 12-in. 12/12/1909 I love a lassie Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor B-8462 10-in. 12/12/1909 I love a lassie Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-8463 10-in. 12/12/1909 Wearing kilts Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor B-8464 10-in. 12/12/1909 Hey! Donal Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor B-8465 10-in. 12/12/1909 A trip to Inverary Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-8466 12-in. 12/12/1909 The wedding o' Lauchie McGraw Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor B-8467 10-in. 12/12/1909 She is ma daisy Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor CVE-8467 12-in. 11/2/1926 She is my daisy Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-8467 12-in. 12/12/1909 She is my daisy Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-8468 10-in. 12/12/1909 Rising early in the morning Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor B-8469 10-in. 12/12/1909 Mr. John Mackay Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor B-8470 10-in. 12/12/1909 I've loved her ever since she was a baby Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-8471 12-in. 12/12/1909 He was very kind to me Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
(Results 1-25 of 153 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lauder, Harry," accessed September 19, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100061.

Lauder, Harry. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 19, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100061.

"Lauder, Harry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 19 September 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100061

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