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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 51-75 of 219 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-12813 10-in. 1/18/1913 The wee hoose 'mang the heather Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-12813 12-in. 1/18/1913 The wee hoose 'mang the heather Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor CVE-12813 12-in. 11/2/1926 The wee hoose 'mang the heather Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor B-14327 10-in. 1/15/1914 It's nice to get up in the mornin' (But it's nicer to lie in bed) Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist, composer  
Victor C-14327 12-in. 1/15/1914 It's nice to get up in the mornin' (But it's nicer to lie in bed) Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-14328 12-in. 1/15/1914 Ta ta, my bonnie Maggie darling Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-14328 10-in. 1/15/1914 Ta ta, my bonnie Maggie darling Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-14329 12-in. 1/15/1914 Rocked in the cradle of the deep Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor B-14330 10-in. 1/15/1914 The Portobello lass Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-14330 12-in. 1/15/1914 The Portobello lass Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-14331 12-in. 1/15/1914 The message boy Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-16789 10-in. 11/20/1915 She is my Rosie Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-16789 12-in. 11/20/1915 She is my Rosie Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor BVE-16789 10-in. 11/2/1926 She is my Rosie Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor B-16798 10-in. 11/20/1915 Doughie the baker Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-16798 12-in. 11/20/1915 Doughie the baker Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-17179 12-in. 2/18/1916 Nanny (I never loved another lass but you) Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-17179 10-in. 2/18/1916 Nanny (I never loved another lass but you) Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-17180 12-in. 2/18/1916 Bonnie Maggie Tamson Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-17180 10-in. 2/18/1916 Bonnie Maggie Tamson Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-17188 12-in. 2/18/1916 My bonny, bonny Jean Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor CVE-17188 12-in. 11/2/1926 My bonnie, bonnie Jean Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist, composer  
Victor B-17189 10-in. 2/18/1916 The British bulldog's watching at the door Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-17190 10-in. 2/18/1916 In the R-O-T-A-R-Y Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor B-17191 10-in. 2/18/1916 Mary of Argyle Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
(Results 51-75 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.

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

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