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|
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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