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Leslie Stuart

Leslie Stuart (15 March 1863 – 27 March 1928) born Thomas Augustine Barrett was an English composer of Edwardian musical comedy, best known for the hit show Florodora (1899) and many popular songs.

He began in Manchester as a church organist, for 14 years, and taught music while beginning to compose church music and secular songs in the late 1870s. In the 1880s, he began to promote and conduct orchestral and vocal concerts of popular and theatre music as "Mr. T. A. Barrett's Concerts". He began to focus his composition on music hall, including songs for blackface performers, such as "Lily of Laguna"; songs for musical theatre, such as pantomimes and London shows touring through Manchester; and ballads such as "Soldiers of the King". Stuart later campaigned against the interpolation of new songs into musical theatre scores and for better enforcement of musical copyrights.

In 1895, Stuart began to write songs for George Edwardes's London shows at the Gaiety Theatre and Daly's Theatre. His first full musical comedy score was Florodora in 1899. The show became an international hit, and its song "Tell me, pretty maiden", became a vaudeville standard. Other musical comedy successes followed, including The School Girl (1903), The Belle of Mayfair (1906) and Havana (1908). Of his later shows, only Peggy made much of an impact. By 1911, Stuart's gambling debts sent him into bankruptcy. Unable to adapt to changing musical tastes, he was no longer in demand as a composer, although he had some success as a piano sketch artist in variety theatre.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 15th, 1863 (Southport), Died March 27th, 1928 (Richmond)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1896 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 924 7-in. Before June 1896 Louisiana Lou Artists vary Male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Berliner 1476 7-in. 11/9/1897 Louisiana Lou Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Berliner 0639 7-in. Aug. 1899-Oct. 1899 The soldiers of the queen J. J. Fisher Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]24 7-in. 7/2/1900 Louisiana Lou Marie Romaine Female vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]55 7-in. 10/30/1901 In the shade of the palm Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]55 10-in. 2/3/1903 In the shade of the palm Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]194 7-in. 7/28/1900 Louisiana Lou Edward M. Favor Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]394 7-in. 1/10/1901 Selection from Florodora Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]624 7-in. 1/21/1901 Tell me, pretty maiden Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]624 10-in. 2/27/1902 Tell me, pretty maiden Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]706 7-in. 3/5/1901 Whistling S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]780 7-in. 5/6/1901 In the shade of the palm Herbert Goddard Baritone vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]780 10-in. 7/24/1902 In the shade of the palm Herbert Goddard Baritone vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]906 7-in. 7/10/1901 Queen of the Philippine Islands Grace Spencer Female vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]913 7-in. 7/17/1901 Louisiana Lou American Quartet Male vocal quartet lyricist, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]913 10-in. 3/18/1902 Louisiana Lou American Quartet Male vocal quartet lyricist, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1078 7-in. 11/1/1901 Sextette from Florodora Christopher H. H. Booth Piano solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1078 10-in. 11/1/1901 Sextette from Florodora Christopher H. H. Booth Piano solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1088 7-in. 11/9/1901 Tact S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1088 10-in. 11/9/1901 Tact S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1095 7-in. 11/14/1901 Sextette from Florodora Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1095 10-in. 11/14/1901 Sextette from Florodora Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1120 7-in. 12/2/1901 I want to be a military man Metropolitan Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1362 7-in. 4/16/1902 Tell me, pretty maiden Harry Macdonough ; Grace Spencer Female-male vocal duet composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1362 10-in. 4/16/1902 Tell me pretty maiden Harry Macdonough ; Grace Spencer Female-male vocal duet composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1799 7-in. 11/25/1902 Tell me, pretty maiden Mozart Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1799 10-in. 11/25/1902 Tell me, pretty maiden Mozart Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1800 7-in. 11/25/1902 Come little girl and tell me truly Mozart Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1800 10-in. 11/25/1902 Come little girl and tell me truly Mozart Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1919 7-in. 1/28/1903 Two eyes of blue Mina Hickman Female vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1919 10-in. 1/28/1903 Two eyes of blue Mina Hickman Female vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1921 7-in. 2/3/1903 Two eyes of blue Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1921 10-in. 2/3/1903 Two eyes of blue Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3049 10-in. 1/21/1901 Tell me, pretty maiden Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3324 10-in. 5/6/1901 In the shade of the palm Herbert Goddard Baritone vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3425 10-in. 6/3/1901 In the shade of the palm Arthur Pryor Trombone solo composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3501 10-in. 7/10/1901 Tell me, pretty maiden Harry Macdonough ; Grace Spencer Female-male vocal duet composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3509 10-in. 7/11/1901 In the shade of the palm Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3516 10-in. 7/17/1901 Louisiana Lou American Quartet Male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Victor A-1190 7-in. 4/6/1904 In the shade of the palm Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor B-1190 10-in. 4/6/1904 In the shade of the palm Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor A-1298 7-in. 5/11/1904 Louisiana Lou Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet lyricist, composer  
Victor B-1298 10-in. 3/16/1905 Louisiana Lou Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Victor A-1351 7-in. 5/25/1904 Tell me, pretty maiden Harry Macdonough ; Corinne Morgan Female-male vocal duet, with piano composer, lyricist  
Victor B-1351 10-in. 5/25/1904 Tell me, pretty maiden Harry Macdonough ; Corinne Morgan Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor A-1437 7-in. 6/7/1904 In the shade of the palm Herbert Goddard Baritone vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor B-1437 10-in. 6/10/1904 In the shade of the palm Herbert Goddard Baritone vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor A-1482 7-in. 6/16/1904 Come little girl and tell me truly Mozart Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-1482 10-in. 6/16/1904 Come little girl and tell me truly Mozart Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor A-1483 7-in. 6/16/1904 Tell me, pretty maiden Mozart Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-1483 10-in. 6/16/1904 Tell me, pretty maiden Mozart Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-1733 10-in. 10/5/1904 My little canoe S. H. Dudley ; Haydn Quartet ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor C-1733 12-in. 10/5/1904 My little canoe S. H. Dudley ; Haydn Quartet ; Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-2619 10-in. 6/6/1905 In the shade of the palm Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor A-2619 7-in. 3/1/1906 In the shade of the palm Harry Macdonough Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-4175 10-in. 1/16/1907 I'll wait for you, little girlie S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough ; Elise Stevenson Mixed vocal trio, with orchestra composer  
Victor E-4175 8-in. 1/16/1907 I'll wait for you, little girlie S. H. Dudley ; Harry Macdonough ; Elise Stevenson Mixed vocal trio, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-4186 10-in. 1/21/1907 Tell me, pretty maiden Harry Macdonough ; Elise Stevenson Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor E-4186 8-in. 1/21/1907 Tell me, pretty maiden Harry Macdonough ; Elise Stevenson Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-4310 10-in. 3/15/1907 Selection from The belle of Mayfair Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor C-4311 12-in. 3/15/1907 Selection from The belle of Mayfair Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-6850 10-in. 3/2/1909 Tell me, pretty maiden Vess L. Ossman Banjo solo composer  
Victor B-6959 10-in. 4/1/1909 Havana : Selection Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-7062 10-in. 5/11/1909 Hello people Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-7062 12-in. 7/12/1909 Gems from Havana Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-9905 12-in. 2/3/1911 Gems from Florodora Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-15604 10-in. 1/15/1915 The soldiers of the king Earl Cartwright Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-15863 10-in. 4/7/1915 The soldiers of the king Herbert Stuart Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor C-19306 12-in. 2/21/1917 Bandolero Albert Wiederhold Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-23933 10-in. 4/14/1920 Tell me, pretty maiden Victor Light Opera Sextette Mixed vocal sextet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-23934 10-in. 4/14/1920 In the shade of the palm Elliott Shaw Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-25341 10-in. 6/8/1921 In the shade of the palm Emilio de Gogorza Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor B-28184 10-in. 7/13/1923 Louisiana Lou Shannon Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-047288 10-in. 2/29/1940 Tell me, pretty maiden Emile Coté ; Victor Mixed Chorus Mixed vocal chorus, with instrumental ensemble composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-047289 10-in. 2/29/1940 In the shade of the sheltering palm Emile Coté ; Victor Mixed Chorus Mixed vocal chorus, with instrumental ensemble composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-063817 10-in. 4/24/1941 Tell me pretty maiden The King Sisters ; Barry Wood Male vocal solo and female vocal quartet, with jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 17 7-in. ca. 1901 Tell me, pretty maiden Artists vary Cornet solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 17 10-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Tell me, pretty maiden Artists vary Cornet solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 82 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Tell me, pretty maiden Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 82 10-in. ca. 1901 Tell me, pretty maiden Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 95 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Tell me, pretty maiden Artists vary Clarinet solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 95 10-in. ca. 1901 Tell me, pretty maiden Artists vary Clarinet solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 102 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Tell me, pretty maiden Mina Hickman ; William F. Hooley Female-male vocal duet, with piano composer  
Columbia 102 10-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Tell me, pretty maiden Mina Hickman ; William F. Hooley Female-male vocal duet, with piano composer  
Columbia 127 7-in. ca. 1901 Florodora : March Artists vary Orchestra composer  
Columbia 127 10-in. ca. 1901 Florodora : March Artists vary Orchestra composer  
Columbia 128 7-in. ca. 1901 Tell me, pretty maiden Artists vary Orchestra composer  
Columbia 128 10-in. ca. 1901 Tell me, pretty maiden Artists vary Orchestra composer  
Columbia 244 7-in. ca. 1901 Florodora : March Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 244 10-in. ca. 1901 Florodora : March Columbia Band Band composer  
Columbia 255 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Tell me, pretty maiden Artists vary Banjo solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 255 10-in. ca. 1901 Tell me, pretty maiden Artists vary Banjo solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 281 7-in. ca. 1901 Florodora : Selections Artists vary Orchestra composer  
Columbia 281 10-in. ca. 1901 Florodora : Selections Artists vary Orchestra composer  
Columbia 319 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 I want to be a military man Will F. Denny Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 319 10-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 I want to be a military man Will F. Denny Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 402 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 In the shade of the palm Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 402 10-in. ca. 1901 In the shade of the palm Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 448 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 My Louisiana Lou Columbia Quartette Male vocal quartet, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 448 10-in. ca. 1901 My Louisiana Lou Columbia Quartette Male vocal quartet, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 490 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 My Louisiana Lou Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 490 10-in. ca. 1901 My Louisiana Lou Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 613 7-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Tell me, pretty maiden Frank W. Isenbarth Zither solo composer  
Columbia 613 10-in. ca. Jan.-Sept. 1902 Tell me, pretty maiden Frank W. Isenbarth Zither solo composer  
Columbia 647 10-in. ca. 1902 Tell me, pretty maiden vocal sextette Mixed vocal sextet, with piano composer  
Columbia 647 7-in. ca. 1902 Tell me, pretty maiden Mixed vocal sextette Mixed vocal sextet, with piano composer  
Columbia 684 7-in. ca. 1902-Oct. 1905 Soldiers of the queen J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 684 10-in. ca. 1902 Soldiers of the queen J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano composer, lyricist  
Columbia 1894 10-in. ca. Jan. Nov. 1904 My little canoe Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 4111 10-in. ca. Jan.-July 1909 Hello people Frank C. Stanley Male vocal solo and female vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 4132 10-in. ca. Jan.-Aug. 1909 How did the bird know that? Fred Duprez Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 4142 10-in. ca. Jan.-Aug. 1909 Cupid's telephone Frank C. Stanley Male vocal solo and vocal chorus, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 79202 10-in. 5/24/1920 Tell me, pretty maiden Prince's Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 30819 12-in. 8/30/1911 Florodora : Selections Columbia Light Opera Company Mixed vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 30820 12-in. 8/30/1911 Florodora : Selections Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 37191 12-in. 2/25/1915 The bandolero Oscar Seagle Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Columbia 49830 12-in. 5/14/1920 Florodora : Vocal gems Columbia Light Opera Company Mixed vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 49841 12-in. 5/20/1920 Florodora : Selections Columbia Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 98258 12-in. 4/19/1926 The bandolero Louis Graveure Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Columbia 27452 10-in. approximately 1910-1912 Soldiers of the king Scots Guards Band Band composer  
OKeh S-7381 10-in. Apr. 1920 Tell me, pretty maiden Rega Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick [Br cat 5126-b] 10-in. approximately Aug. 1917 The soldiers of the King Joseph Philips Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Brunswick 3811 10-in. approximately July 1920 Tell me, pretty maiden Brunswick Light Opera Company Vocal sextet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Brunswick 3815 10-in. approximately July 1920 The shade of the palm Elliott Shaw Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Brunswick X12063-X12066 12-in. 12/8/1923 Floradora Brunswick Light Opera Company Mixed vocal chorus, with orchestra songwriter  
Edison 3321 10-in. between 9/26/1914 and 9/30/1914 The soldiers of the king Joseph A. Phillips Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 4250 10-in. 11/4/1915 The bandolero Arthur Middleton Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 7235 10-in. 3/23/1920 Tell me, pretty maiden Metropolitan Sextet Vocal sextet, with orchestra composer, lyricist  
Edison 7304 10-in. 4/20/1920 The shade of the palm Thomas Chalmers Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 11834 10-in. 8/3/1927 Florodora : Selections Palais D'Or Orchestra ; B. A. Rolfe Jazz/dance band composer  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cat 222-A] 10-in. between late 1908 and early 1909 Hello, people Frank C. Stanley ; Elise Stevenson Female-male vocal duet composer  
Leeds & Catlin [L & C cat 223-A] 10-in. between late 1908 and early 1909 Cupid's telephone Frank C. Stanley ; Elise Stevenson Female-male vocal duet composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Stuart, Leslie," accessed March 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104028.

Stuart, Leslie. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104028.

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