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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 176-200 of 219 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Edison 8006 10-in. 5/20/1921 Stop yer tickling, Jock David Duggin Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 8020 10-in. 5/25/1921 I think I'll get wed in the summer David Duggin Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 8056 10-in. 6/8/1921 Back, back, to where the heather grows David Duggin Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 8586 10-in. 9/11/1922 The picnic Glen Ellison ; Alta Hill Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Edison 8591 10-in. 9/14/1922 I think I'll get wed in the summer Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 8592 10-in. 9/15/1922 It's nice when you love a wee lassie Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 9764 10-in. 10/3/1924 Jerry-co Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 9796 10-in. 10/17/1924 Tobermory Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 10303 10-in. 4/7/1925 When I get back again tae bonnie Scotland Guy Hunter Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 10323 10-in. 4/16/1925 It's a fine thing to sing Guy Hunter Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Edison 10560 10-in. 9/3/1925 Saturday night Glen Ellison Male vocal solo composer  
Edison 10786 10-in. 1/21/1926 The sunshine o' a bonnie lass's smile Sandy MacFarlane Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 10787 10-in. 1/21/1926 Bella, the belle o' Dunoon Sandy MacFarlane Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 11839 10-in. 8/4/1927 Mr. John Mackie James Carson Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 18499 10-in. 5/15/1928 When I meet MacKay Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Edison 18504 10-in. 5/16/1928 The boss o' th' hoose Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison N-253 10-in. 5/15/1928 When I meet MacKay Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Edison N-257 10-in. 5/16/1928 The boss o' th' hoose Glen Ellison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Gramophone 1575b 10-in. Feb. 1902 Tobermory Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 1883f 12-in. approximately May 1907 Rob Roy MacIntosh Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Gramophone 2022f 12-in. approximately Aug. 1907 Foo' the noo' Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Gramophone 2026f 12-in. approximately Aug. 1907 She is my Daisy Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Gramophone 2028f 12-in. approximately Aug. 1907 I love a lassie Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, songwriter  
Gramophone 2151e 10-in. 6/13/1905 I've something in the bottle for the morning Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Gramophone 2349f 12-in. Mar. 1908 The wedding of Lauchie McGraw Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist, vocalist, baritone vocal  
(Results 176-200 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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