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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 76-100 of 219 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-17191 10-in. 11/1/1926 Mary of Argyle Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor C-21042 12-in. 11/2/1917 I love to be a sailor Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-21043 12-in. 11/2/1917 I'm going to marry 'Arry on the fifth of January Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-21044 12-in. 11/2/1917 The waggle o' the kilt Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-21045 12-in. 11/2/1917 The laddies who fought and won Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-21046 12-in. 11/2/1917 There is somebody waiting for me Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with string accompaniment vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor CVE-21046 12-in. 11/1/1926 There is somebody waiting for me Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-21669 12-in. 4/11/1918 From the north, south, east and west Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor B-21671 10-in. 4/11/1918 Auld Scotch sangs Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor C-21672 12-in. 4/11/1918 Granny's laddy (One of the boys who went) Harry Lauder Recitation, unaccompanied speaker, author  
Victor C-22456 12-in. 12/10/1918 Bella McGraw Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist, composer  
Victor C-22457 12-in. 12/10/1918 When I was twenty-one Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor CVE-22457 12-in. 11/1/1926 When I was twenty-one Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-22458 12-in. 12/10/1918 Don't let us sing anymore about war, just let us sing of love Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-23743 12-in. 2/20/1920 O'er the hill to Ardenteny Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-23744 12-in. 2/20/1920 Ohio Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-23745 12-in. 2/20/1920 I wish you were here again Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-23746 12-in. 2/20/1920 I think I'll get wed in the summer Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-27039 12-in. 10/19/1922 Saturday night Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-27040 12-in. 10/19/1922 The sunshine of a bonnie lassie's smile Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-27041 12-in. 10/19/1922 Bella the belle o' Dunoon Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist, composer  
Victor C-27042 12-in. 10/19/1922 It's a fine thing to sing Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, songwriter  
Victor C-29462 12-in. 2/12/1924 Love makes the world a merry-go-round Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, songwriter  
Victor C-29463 12-in. 2/12/1924 I like my old home town Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor C-29464 12-in. 2/12/1924 Australian girls are good enough for me Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
(Results 76-100 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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