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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 February 26th, 1950 (Strathaven)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1902 - 1931

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

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 219 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-8472 12-in. 12/12/1909 Rob Roy MacIntosh Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-8473 12-in. 12/12/1909 MacGregor's toast Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, unaccompanied vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-8474 10-in. 12/12/1909 Queen among the heather Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-8475 10-in. 12/12/1909 Bonnie Leezie Lindsay Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-8660 12-in. 2/25/1910 We parted on the shore Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-8661 10-in. 2/25/1910 Jean MacNiell Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-8661 12-in. 2/25/1910 Jean M'Neil Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-8662 12-in. 2/25/1910 The Blarney Stone Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-8663 10-in. 2/25/1910 Killiekrankie Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-11121 12-in. 10/18/1911 The picnic Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-11122 10-in. 10/18/1911 Roamin' in the gloamin' Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist, composer  
Victor C-11122 12-in. 10/18/1911 Roamin' in the gloamin ' Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-11123 12-in. 10/18/1911 Just like bein' at home Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-11124 12-in. 10/18/1911 Breakfast in bed on Sunday morn Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor CVE-11124 12-in. 11/2/1926 Breakfast in bed on Sunday morning Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-11125 12-in. 10/18/1911 A wee deoch an' doris Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor CVE-11125 12-in. 11/2/1926 A wee deoch an' Doris Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-11615 12-in. 2/26/1912 Auld Scotia Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-12809 10-in. 1/18/1913 Trixie from Dixie Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist  
Victor C-12809 12-in. 1/18/1913 Trixie from Dixie Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist  
Victor B-12810 10-in. 1/18/1913 She's the lass for me Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist, composer  
Victor C-12810 12-in. 1/18/1913 She's the lass for me Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-12811 10-in. 1/18/1913 The same as his faither was before him Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-12811 12-in. 1/18/1913 Same as his father was before him Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-12812 12-in. 1/18/1913 The kilty lads Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
(Results 26-50 of 219 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lauder, Harry," accessed October 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100061.

Lauder, Harry. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100061.

"Lauder, Harry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 October 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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