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 51-75 of 141 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W148121||10-in.||3/21/1929||Mistakes||George Bias||Male vocal solo, with violin and piano||composer|
|Columbia||W151413||10-in.||3/12/1931||Say a little prayer for me||Smith Ballew Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||W151520||10-in.||4/16/1931||Say a little prayer for me||Ruth Etting||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||W152124||10-in.||3/7/1932||Kiss me goodnight!||Ruth Etting||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||W152344||10-in.||1/3/1933||A bed-time story||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Columbia||6612||12-in.||approximately 1915||Blue eyes||Jacob's Trocaderians||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||26481||10-in.||approximately 1908||Anywhere will do||Harry Fay||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Columbia||74170||12-in.||approximately October 1920||Omaha||London Dance Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||74171||12-in.||approximately October 1920||Imagination||London Dance Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||74281||12-in.||4/13/1921||Only||Century Dance Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||74315||12-in.||7/13/1921||Silver star||Century Dance Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||74335||12-in.||9/2/1921||Amazon||Century Dance Orchestra ; Stuart Morton||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||74336||12-in.||9/2/1921||Blue bird||Century Dance Orchestra ; Stuart Morton||Orchestra, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||75890||12-in.||approximately 1917||Dream of delight||Florence Smithson||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||75892||12-in.||approximately 1917||My heart is calling you||Florence Smithson||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||76804||12-in.||approximately February 1920||Wyoming||London Dance Orchestra ; Corelli Windeatt||Orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||W351156||10-in.||2/11/1932||Kiss me goodnight||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||S-7767||10-in.||Feb. 1921||Wyoming||Green Brothers' Novelty Band||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-7962||10-in.||June 1921||I'd build a world in the heart of a rose||Samuel Ash||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||o-8142||10-in.||approximately Mar. 1921||Wyoming||Joseph M. Knecht ; Waldorf-Astoria Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|OKeh||S-72001||10-in.||Nov. 1923||The kingdom within your eyes||Bernard Ferguson||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|OKeh||S-72008||10-in.||Nov. 1923||The kingdom within your eyes||Angelus Trio ; Leo Erdody||Violin solo, with instrumental trio||composer|
|OKeh||74285||8/17/1926||Ukulele lullaby||Noble Sissle||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|OKeh||W80284||10-in.||1/4/1927||I never see Maggie alone||Bar Harbor Society Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|OKeh||W81843||10-in.||11/21/1927||Among my souvenirs||Justin Ring's OKeh Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Wright, Lawrence," accessed May 31, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100861.
Wright, Lawrence. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 31, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100861.
"Wright, Lawrence." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 31 May 2023.
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Wikipedia: Lawrence Wright (composer)
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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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