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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 151-175 of 219 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 1524 Not documented 1921 Kilty lads Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Edison 1525 10-in. 1921 Wee hoose 'mang the heather Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Edison 1526 10-in. 1921 She's my daisy Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Edison 1527 10-in. 1921 She's the lass for me Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist, composer  
Edison 3599 10-in. 2/23/1915 I wish I was Alick Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 4531 10-in. 2/25/1916 Nanny (I have never loved another girl but you) Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 4608 10-in. 3/24/1916 My bonnie, bonnie Jean Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 4653 10-in. 4/12/1916 I love a lassie Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 4685 10-in. 4/24/1916 She is ma Daisy Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 4694 10-in. 4/28/1916 Doughie the baker (It's nicer when you make it up again) Glen Ellison Male vocal solo. with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 5563 10-in. 5/15/1917 A wee deoch and doris Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 5566 10-in. 5/17/1917 It's nice to get up in the mornin' Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 6135 10-in. Mar. 1918 The wee hoose 'mang the heather Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 6136 10-in. Mar. 1918 Roamin' in the gloamin' Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 6869 10-in. 7/11/1919 Breakfast in my bed on Sunday mornin' Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 6873 10-in. 7/15/1919 The same as his father did before him Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 6876 10-in. 7/17/1919 I love to be a sailor Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 6879 10-in. 7/18/1919 We'll all go home the same way Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 7164 10-in. 2/16/1920 That's the reason noo I wear a kilt David Duggin Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 7246 10-in. 3/26/1920 When I was twenty one Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 7299 10-in. 4/19/1920 There is somebody waitin' for me David Duggin Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 7935 10-in. 4/25/1921 She's the lass for me Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 7942 10-in. 4/27/1921 The Portobello lassie Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 7951 10-in. 4/29/1921 The waggle o' the kilt Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 7955 10-in. 5/2/1921 Bonnie Maggie Tamson Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
(Results 151-175 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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