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|
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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