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 (Results 126-141 of 141 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Edison||8515||10-in.||6/30/1922||That old fashioned mother of mine||Robert Gayler ; Joseph A. Phillips||Baritone vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Edison||8903||10-in.||4/3/1923||In a caravan||Charlie Kerr Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||9012||10-in.||6/6/1923||The kingdom within your eyes||Lewis James||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||11417||10-in.||1/6/1927||I never see Maggie alone||Sherman and Ryan||Male vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||18011||10-in.||11/4/1927||Among my souvenirs||Charles Harrison||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||18070||10-in.||11/30/1927||Among my souvenirs||Palais D'Or Orchestra ; B. A. Rolfe||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||18181||10-in.||1/20/1928||Among my souvenirs||Frederick Kinsley||Pipe organ solo||composer|
|Edison||18247||10-in.||2/18/1928||Among my souvenirs||Edisonians||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||18254||10-in.||2/23/1928||Shepherd of the hills||Happiness Orchestra ; Billy Jones ; Dave Kaplan||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Edison||18980||10-in.||1/3/1929||My inspiration is you||Mike Speciale Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Edison||N-671||10-in.||1/3/1929||My inspiration is you||Mike Speciale Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Gramophone||0B4071||10-in.||10/11/1932||A bedtime story||New Mayfair Orchestra ; Ray Noble||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Gramophone||0B4074||10-in.||10/11/1932||Rock your cares away||New Mayfair Dance Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Gramophone||Bb19964||10-in.||9/1/1930||Say a little prayer for me||New Mayfair Dance Orchestra ; Ray Noble ; Jack Plant||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Gramophone||Bb19981||10-in.||9/8/1930||Say a little prayer for me||Morton Downey||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor (Canada)||[ViC cat 263520-A]||10-in.||approximately spring 1928||Parmi mes souvenirs||Fernand Perron||Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano||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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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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