Image Source: Wikipedia

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 201-219 of 219 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 2351f 12-in. March 1908 A trip to Inverary Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 2352f 12-in. Mar. 1908 The wedding of Sandy McNab Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 2355f 12-in. March 1908 When I get back to bonnie Scotland Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 2483f 12-in. June 1908 MacGregor's toast Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 2523e 10-in. 8/26/1905 I love a lassie Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 2594f 12-in. 9/22/1908 He was very kind to me Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 3016f 12-in. 4/29/1909 The saftest of the family Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone Cc7997 12-in. 3/3/1926 It's nice to get up in the mornin' (but it's nicer to lie in bed!) Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone Cc7999 12-in. 3/3/1926 Doughie the baker Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone Cc8025 12-in. 3/4/1926 Soosie McLean Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone Cc8029 12-in. 3/4/1926 Loch Lomond Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, arranger  
Gramophone 8691b 10-in. 8/16/1906 That's the reason noo' I wear a kilt Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 8692b 10-in. 8/16/1906 Jean MacNiell Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 8693b 10-in. 8/16/1906 Killiecrankie Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 8695b 10-in. 8/16/1906 Stop yer ticklin', Jock! Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Gramophone 8697b 10-in. 8/16/1906 The meeting of Will Evans & Harry Lauder Will Evans ; Harry Lauder Spoken speaker  
Gramophone 12973e 10-in. 12/18/1910 It’s just like bein' at hame Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, lyricist  
Gramophone ah15166e 10-in. 4/23/1912 It's nice when you love a wee lassie Harry Lauder Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer, lyricist  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cat 195] 10-in. between late 1908 and early 1909 Stop yer ticklin', Jock Joe Burke Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
(Results 201-219 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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100061

Feedback

Send the Editors a message about this record.