Lawrence Wright (15 February 1888 – 19 May 1964) was a British popular music composer and publisher. He was born in Leicester and opened a music shop in the city in 1906. A short time later his first song, "Down By The Stream", was published, and by 1912 he had established the Lawrence Wright Music Co in Denmark Street, London. Wright went on to write (or co-write) over 600 songs under his own name and as Horatio Nicholls, including the World War I propaganda song "Are We Downhearted? No!", and would receive an Ivor Novello Award in 1962 for Outstanding Contribution to British Popular Music. He was one of the very rare composers of popular music in this period to make a substantial amount of money - it had not been unusual to see composers who had written dozens of hits die in poverty.
In 1927, Wright appeared in a short film made in the DeForest Phonofilm with excerpts of his revue Sensations of 1927.
His 1927 collaboration with Edgar Leslie, "Among My Souvenirs", has been covered by artists including Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, and Connie Francis. Wright founded Melody Maker magazine in 1926. He moved to Blackpool in the early 1920s and became a show promoter. Running "On With The Show" on the North Pier for a record-breaking 32 years (1924 - 1956). He lived in a mock castle house, later called the Castle Casino, on Blackpool's North Promenade. After he began using a wheelchair, he moved to a bungalow in Carlin Gate. After being sold, much memorabilia was discovered at the address including posters, bills, letters, sheet music and musical scores.
In 1930 he composed Amy, Wonderful Amy, a song about Amy Johnson.
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Birth and Death Data: Born February 15, 1888 (Leicester), Died May 19, 1964 (Blackpool)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1908 - 1949
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter, lyricist
Notes: Lawrence Wright wrote under many pseudonyms including Everett Lynton, Gene Williams, Betsy O'Hagan, and Horatio Nicholls.
See Also: Wright, Lawrence; Nicholls, Horati
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 141 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-24118||10-in.||5/17/1920||I'd build a world in the heart of a rose||Frances Alda||Soprano vocal solo, with violin and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-24945||10-in.||2/16/1921||Wyoming||Charles Hart ; Elliott Shaw||Male vocal duet, with harp and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-25976||10-in.||1/26/1922||There's silver in your hair (But there's gold within your heart)||Charles Hart||Male vocal solo, with violin and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-27044||10-in.||10/20/1922||The kingdom within your eyes||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-31309||10-in.||11/7/1924||Riviera Rose||Lewis James||Male vocal solo, with harp and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36812||10-in.||10/12/1926||Give me a ukulele and a ukulele baby (And leave the rest to me)||Mitchell Brothers||Male vocal duet, with 2 banjos (self-accompaniment)||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36947||10-in.||11/19/1926||Give me a ukulele and a ukulele baby and leave the rest to me||Irving Aaronson ; Commanders||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37410||10-in.||1/7/1927||I never see Maggie alone||Irving Aaronson ; Commanders||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-40762||10-in.||12/13/1927||Among my souvenirs||Jesse Crawford||Pipe organ solo||composer|
|Victor||CVE-40934||12-in.||11/22/1927||Among my souvenirs||Paul Whiteman Concert Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41051||10-in.||11/21/1927||Among my souvenirs||Reinald Werrenrath||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41104||10-in.||11/23/1927||Among my souvenirs||Harold Lambert ; Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41106||10-in.||11/23/1927||Among my souvenirs||The Revelers||Male vocal quartet, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||CVE-41473||12-in.||1/30/1928||Among my souvenirs||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41528||10-in.||1/9/1928||Persian rosebud||Melville Gideon||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-42413||10-in.||2/6/1928||The shepherd of the hills||Jacques Renard Cocoanut Grove Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BAVE-44511||10-in.||spring 1929||Mis recuerdos||Roberto Díaz||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-46339||10-in.||7/30/1928||Special record for advertising||Hugo Mariani ; Graham McNamee ; John Oakley ; Peerless Reproducers||Talk, with orchestra and male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-48423||10-in.||12/3/1928||My inspiration is you||Walter O'Keefe||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49235||10-in.||12/6/1928||My inspiration is you||Lewis James ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-49276||10-in.||12/19/1928||My inspiration is you||Morton Downey||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-55526||10-in.||9/16/1929||Mistakes||Blue Steele Orchestra ; George Marks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-56100||10-in.||8/20/1929||Mistakes||Jack Smith||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||ABRC-69911||10-in.||6/9/1931||Say a little prayer for me||Don Byron ; Ronald Sachs Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BRC-71867||10-in.||2/18/1932||Kiss me goodnight||George Olsen and his Music||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wright, Lawrence," accessed June 1, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100861.
Wright, Lawrence. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 1, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100861.
"Wright, Lawrence." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 1 June 2023.
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LCNAR: Wright, Lawrence, 1888-1964 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n2004021478
Wikidata: Lawrence Wright (composer) - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q6504765
MusicBrainz: Horatio Nicholls - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/3f8402c3-b782-4508-bfe1-7350bd5f4d57
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