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Lasses White

Leroy Robert White (August 28, 1888 – December 16, 1949), better known as Lee "Lasses" White or Leroy (sometimes Le Roy or Lee Roy) "Lasses" White, was an American vaudeville pianist, songwriter and entertainer who became an actor of the stage, screen and radio. He became famous doing minstrel shows during the early part of the 1900s, and wrote one of the first copyrighted twelve-bar blues, "Nigger Blues". After spending some time on radio, White entered the film industry in the late 1930s. During his eleven-year career he appeared in over 70 films.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 28th, 1888 (Wills Point), Died December 16th, 1949 (Hollywood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, vocalist, lyricist

Notes: Name appears on some disc labels preceded by apostrophe ('Lasses White).

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-18565 10-in. 10/19/1916 Nigger blues Victor Military Band Band composer  
Victor BS-85878 10-in. 4/23/1935 One-eyed Sam 'Lasses and Honey Male vocal duet, with guitar composer, lyricist, vocalist  
Victor BS-85879 10-in. 4/23/1935 Cumberland Valley Lasses and Honey Male vocal solo, with guitar vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-85880 10-in. 4/23/1935 Taxi Jim Lasses and Honey Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-85881 10-in. 4/23/1935 Jimmy Bone Lasses and Honey Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars lyricist, composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-85882 10-in. 4/23/1935 Radio Mama Lasses and Honey Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars composer, lyricist, vocalist  
Victor BS-85883 10-in. 4/23/1935 Alabamy bound Lasses and Honey Male vocal solo, with 2 guitars vocalist  
Victor BS-85884 10-in. 4/23/1935 Nigger blues Lasses and Honey Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-85885 10-in. 4/23/1935 Galloping dominoes Lasses and Honey Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and dialogue composer, lyricist, vocalist  
Victor BS-85886 10-in. 4/23/1935 The prize fighter Lasses and Honey Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and dialogue lyricist, vocalist, composer  
Victor BS-85887 10-in. 4/23/1935 Going to the ball Lasses and Honey Male vocal duet, with 2 guitars and dialogue lyricist, composer, vocalist  
Victor BS-056533 10-in. 10/12/1940 Sweet mamma, tree top tall Cecil Campbell ; Tennessee Ramblers Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia 46920 10-in. 7/18/1916 Nigger blues George O'Connor Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 80921 10-in. 4/3/1923 Sweet mamma, tree top tall Lasses White Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, vocalist, lyricist  
Columbia 80924 10-in. 4/4/1923 Lasses White minstrels : Levee scene Al Bernard ; Lasses White and Company Minstrels, with male vocal solo and orchestra vocalist  
Columbia 80925 10-in. 4/4/1923 Lasses White minstrels : Plantation scene Al Bernard ; Lasses White and Company Minstrels, with male vocal solo and orchestra vocalist  
Columbia 48879 12-in. 7/21/1916 Nigger blues Prince's Band ; G. Hepburn Wilson Band composer  
Columbia 98070 12-in. 4/4/1923 Old time minstrels Al Bernard ; Lasses White Minstrel Company Minstrels vocalist  
Columbia 98071 12-in. 4/4/1923 Old time minstrels Al Bernard ; Lasses White Minstrel Company Minstrels vocalist  
Columbia W143084 10-in. 11/5/1926 Sweet mama, tree top tall Birmingham Quartet Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied composer, lyricist  
Columbia W147552 10-in. 12/3/1928 If you don't like my Ford coupe, don't you Cadillac me Owen Brothers Male vocal quartet, with fiddle (violin), guitar, and vocal effects composer, lyricist  
OKeh 9386 10-in. Sept. 1925 Ballin' the jack L. W. McCreigton ; Dr. Claude Watson Banjo duet composer  
Edison 6638 10-in. 2/25/1919 Nigger blues Al Bernard Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "White, Lasses," accessed February 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100879.

White, Lasses. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100879.

"White, Lasses." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 February 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100879

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