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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 (Results 101-125 of 132 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 101-125 of 132 records)

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.

"Stuart, Leslie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 March 2021.

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