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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 101-125 of 219 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-29465 12-in. 2/12/1924 Canadian girls are good enough for me Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor C-29466 12-in. 2/12/1924 Dixie girls are good enough for me Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor CVE-36748 12-in. 11/1/1926 Soosie McLean Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Victor CVE-36749 12-in. 11/1/1926 The end of the road Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor BVE-37300 10-in. 12/7/1926 Auld Scotch sangs Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor BVE-37301 10-in. 12/7/1926 Mary of Argyle Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with flute and piano vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor CVE-37302 12-in. 12/7/1926 Scotch memories Harry Lauder Male vocal solo and monologue vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor CVE-43731 12-in. 4/18/1928 I've just got off the chain Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor CVE-43732 12-in. 4/18/1928 Oh, how I weary, dearie, for you Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor MRC-70093 16-in. 7/15/1931 Roamin' in the gloamin' Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion picture soundtrack : Film to wax transfer vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor CRC-70094 12-in. 7/15/1931 Roamin' in the gloamin' Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion picture soundtrack : Film to wax transfer vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor MRC-70748 16-in. 9/17/1931 Nanny Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion picture soundtrack : Film to wax transfer vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor CRC-71033 12-in. 11/3/1931 I love a lassie Harry Lauder ; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion picture soundtrack : Film to wax transfer vocalist, baritone vocal  
Victor PBVE-304 10-in. 5/12/1927 I love you Honolulu Keaumoku A. Louis Male vocal solo, with orchestra (Hawaiian) songwriter  
Victor [Trial 1917-02-26-01] Not documented 2/26/1917 It's nice to get up in the morning Corinne Hewlette Female vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 39084 10-in. 11/6/1913 Medley of Harry Lauder songs Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 46899 10-in. 7/5/1916 'Doughie' the baker Evan Davies Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 46900 10-in. 7/5/1916 I love a lassie Evan Davies Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 47439 10-in. 3/23/1917 It's nice to get up in the mornin' (But it's nicer to lie in bed) Evan Davies Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Columbia 47440 10-in. 3/23/1917 Breakfast in my bed on Sunday mornin' Evan Davies Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 47496 10-in. 4/18/1917 She is my Rosie Evan Davies Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 47497 10-in. 4/18/1917 Nanny Evan Davies Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 77082 10-in. 5/31/1917 I love you, Honolulu Robert Lewis ; George Wilson [James Harrod] Male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 77221 10-in. 7/20/1917 The wee hoose 'mang the heather Evan Davies Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 77222 10-in. 7/20/1917 He was very kind to me Evan Davies Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
(Results 101-125 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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