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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 126-150 of 219 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 77580 10-in. 12/14/1917 Roamin' in the gloamin' Evan Davies Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 77585 10-in. 12/17/1917 A wee deoch-an-doris Evan Davies Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 49183 12-in. 4/24/1917 Roamin' in the gloamin' Evan Davies Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Columbia 49184 12-in. 4/24/1917 A wee deoch-an-doris Evan Davies Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia 25987 10-in. approximately 1903-1906 She is ma daisy Donald Mackay Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 25988 10-in. approximately 1903-1906 Inverary Donald Mackay Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 26504 10-in. approximately 1906-1910 He was very kind to me Sandy Shaw Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 26505 10-in. approximately 1906-1910 I love a lassie Sandy Shaw Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 29425 10-in. approximately 1914-1915 The Athole Highlanders' march to Lock Katherine Harry Lauder Pipe Band Bagpipes band leader  
Columbia 29427 10-in. approximately 1914-1915 79th's farewell to Gibraltar Harry Lauder Pipe Band Bagpipes band leader  
Columbia 75395 12-in. approximately 1917 Harry Lauder's songs London Revue Orchestra Orchestra arranger  
OKeh 8877 10-in. Jan. 1925 Tobermory Bobbie Brollier Male vocal solo, with band composer, lyricist  
OKeh 8878 10-in. Jan. 1925 Bella, the belle o' Dunoon Bobbie Brollier Male vocal solo, with band composer, lyricist  
OKeh [OK cat 1117-b] 10-in. approximately 1918 Fou the noo John McDermott Male vocal solo composer  
OKeh [OK cat 1117-A] 10-in. approximately 1918 I love to be a sailor John McDermott Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Brunswick [Br cat 5201-b] 10-in. approximately Jan. 1918 She is ma Daisy J.M.C. Spurin Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Brunswick [Br cat 5201-a] 10-in. approximately Jan. 1918 I love a lassie J.M.C. Spurin Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Brunswick LAE323 10-in. 11/1/1928 I love you Honolulu Johnny Noble's Hawaiians ; Isaac Kanae ; Sandy Moore Instrumental ensemble, with female-male vocal duet (Hawaiian) lyricist, composer  
Edison 1514 Not documented 1920-1922 The picnic Harry Lauder Male vocal solo vocalist, baritone vocal  
Edison 1515 Not documented 1921 Roaming in the gloaming Harry Lauder Male vocal solo vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist, composer  
Edison 1519 Not documented 1921 Breakfast in bed Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Edison 1520 10-in. 1921 Goodbye till we meet again Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Edison 1521 10-in. 1921 I love a lassie Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Edison 1522 Not documented 1921 It's nice when you love a wee lassie Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Edison 1523 Not documented 1921 Just like being at home Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist  
(Results 126-150 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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