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Adrian Ross

Arthur Reed Ropes (23 December 1859 – 11 September 1933), better known under the pseudonym Adrian Ross, was a prolific writer of lyrics, contributing songs to more than sixty British musical comedies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was the most important lyricist of the British stage during a career that spanned five decades. At a time when few shows had long runs, nineteen of his West End shows ran for over 400 performances.

Starting out in the late 1880s, Ross wrote the lyrics for the earliest British musical theatre hits, including In Town (1892), The Shop Girl (1894) and The Circus Girl (1896). Ross next wrote the lyrics for a string of hit musicals, beginning with A Greek Slave (1898), San Toy (1899), The Messenger Boy (1900) and The Toreador (1901) and continuing without a break through World War I. He also wrote the English lyrics for a series of hit adaptations of European operettas beginning with The Merry Widow in 1907.

During World War I, Ross was one of the founders of the Performing Rights Society. He continued writing until 1930, producing several more successes after the war. He also wrote the popular novel The Hole of the Pit and a number of short stories.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 23rd, 1859 (Lewisham), Died September 11th, 1933 (London)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]52 7-in. 6/2/1900 She never did the same thing twice S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]476 7-in. 10/29/1900 Chinee soje-man Dan W. Quinn Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]477 7-in. 10/29/1900 Pletty little Chinee Dan W. Quinn Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]513 7-in. 11/15/1900 Rhoda and her pagoda S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]514 7-in. 11/15/1900 Chinee soje-man S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]707 7-in. 3/5/1901 Cooee! Mah girlie! S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]709 7-in. 3/5/1901 I mean to introduce it into China S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]710 10-in. 3/5/1903 Six little wives S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]710 7-in. 3/5/1901 Six little wives S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3169 10-in. 3/5/1901 Coee, my girlie S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3171 10-in. 3/5/1901 I mean to introduce it into China S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3172 10-in. 3/5/1901 Six little wives S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3203 10-in. 3/13/1901 Chinee soje-man S. H. Dudley Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3278 10-in. 4/25/1901 Rhoda and her Pagoda Edward M. Favor Male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor C-683 12-in. 11/9/1903 Toreador song George Alexander Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor B-683 10-in. 11/9/1903 Toreador song George Alexander Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor B-3909 10-in. 10/18/1906 Experience Ada Jones Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-7062 12-in. 7/12/1909 Gems from Havana Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-8651 12-in. 2/21/1910 Gems from San Toy Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-9535 10-in. 10/6/1910 Mary Haydn Quartet ; Elizabeth Wheeler Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-9594 12-in. 10/31/1910 Gems from The merry widow Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-9798 10-in. 1/13/1911 Long ago in Alcalá Henry Allan Price Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor C-10621 12-in. 6/27/1911 Gems from The country girl Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-11059 12-in. 10/5/1911 Gems from The Quaker girl Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-11335 10-in. 12/6/1911 Come to the ball Henry Burr Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-11456 12-in. 1/12/1912 Gems from The count of Luxembourg Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-12651 10-in. 11/25/1912 Como la rosa temprana José Chaqués Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-13216 12-in. 4/30/1913 A little love, a little kiss Reed Miller Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-13220 10-in. 5/1/1913 A little love, a little kiss John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-13997 10-in. 10/27/1913 A little love, a little kiss Harry Macdonough Orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-14018 12-in. 10/31/1913 Gems from The marriage market Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-14148 10-in. 12/3/1913 A little love, a little kiss Charles Harrison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-14271 12-in. 1/6/1914 Gems from The girl on the film Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-15900 12-in. 4/15/1915 The pipes of Pan Emilio de Gogorza Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-16732 10-in. 10/29/1915 Love, here is my heart! Reed Miller Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-17699 10-in. 5/17/1916 Long ago in Alcalá John Barnes Wells Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-18384 10-in. 9/20/1916 Love, here is my heart! John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-23756 10-in. 3/4/1920 Honour and love John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with violin, celeste, and orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-33428 10-in. 9/21/1925 I love you so Hulda Lashanska Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BVE-33429 10-in. 9/21/1925 Vilia Hulda Lashanska Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor BS-75510 10-in. 3/13/1933 A little love, a little kiss Richard Crooks Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor PBS-97310 10-in. 2/26/1936 Vilya song Grete Natzler Female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor [Trial 1916-09-01-01] Not documented 9/1/1916 Love, here is my heart Ray Meyers Female vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 169 10-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Rhoda and her pagoda Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 169 7-in. ca. 1901-Sept. 1902 Rhoda and her pagoda Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 348 7-in. ca. 1901 Cooie, ma girlee Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 348 10-in. ca. 1901 Cooie, ma girlee Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 1134 10-in. ca. 1903 Toreador song Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 1134 7-in. ca. 1903 Toreador song Artists vary Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Columbia 3522 10-in. ca. Jan.-Nov. 1906 Experience Ada Jones Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 3761 10-in. ca. 1907-Jan. 1908 Maxims Harvey Hindermyer Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 3762 10-in. ca. 1907-Jan. 1908 Women Columbia Quartette Male vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 4132 10-in. ca. Jan.-Aug. 1909 How did the bird know that? Fred Duprez Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 38908 10-in. 6/14/1913 A little love, a little kiss James Reed Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 39041 10-in. 10/11/1913 The one I love Grace Kerns ; Reed Miller Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 39076 10-in. 10/28/1913 The one I love Charles Harrison ; Grace Kerns Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 45961 10-in. 8/20/1915 Love, here is my heart Charles Harrison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 46046 10-in. 9/22/1915 Love, here is my heart Reed Miller Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 46209 10-in. 11/19/1915 A little love, a little kiss Maggie Teyte Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 47085 10-in. 10/19/1916 Most wonderful of all Grace Kerns Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 47424 10-in. 3/15/1917 A little love, a little kiss Charles Harrison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 77243 10-in. 8/8/1917 Most wonderful of all Charles Harrison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 79608 10-in. 12/28/1920 Vilia Jeanne Gordon Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 79876 10-in. 6/7/1921 I love you so Hulda Lashanska Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 30907 12-in. 12/8/1911 Come to the ball Errolle, Ralph Male vocal solo and vocal chorus, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 36362 12-in. 4/11/1912 The Quaker girl : Vocal gems Columbia Light Opera Company Mixed vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 36939 12-in. ca. 1914 A little love, a little kiss Carolina White Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 49165 12-in. 3/27/1917 Love, here is my heart Ruby Helder Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh 368 10-in. ca. Sept. 1918 Love, here is my heart George Lambert Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
OKeh S-777 10-in. ca. Aug. 1919 Love here is my heart Forrest Lamont Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E29287 10-in. Feb. 1929 Mean to me Chester Gaylord Male vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick E30063 10-in. June 1929 A little love, a little kiss Carter's Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal lyricist  
Brunswick E18850-E18851 10-in. 4/21/1926 To my bride Lauritz Melchior Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick E18929-E18930 10-in. 4/27/1926 To my bride Lauritz Melchior Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick B15442 10-in. approximately 1935 A little love, a little kiss James Melton Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 3012 10-in. May 1914 A little love, a little kiss Charles Harrison Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 4135 10-in. 9/22/1915 A little love, a little kiss (Would go a long, long way) Helen Clark ; Joseph A. Phillips Vocal duet (contralto and baritone), with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 4888 10-in. 7/19/1916 Love, here is my heart Ida Gardner Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 5430 10-in. 3/6/1917 Love, here is my heart Burton Lenihan Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 5476 10-in. 3/27/1917 Love, here is my heart Emory B. Randolph Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 5612 10-in. 6/11/1917 The sea makes a man a man Donald Chalmers Male vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 5841 10-in. 10/10/1917 A little love, a little kiss Ralph Errolle Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 7395 10-in. 6/9/1920 Love, here is my heart Reed Miller Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Edison 9028 10-in. 6/13/1923 Long ago in Alcalá Charles Albert Baker ; Arthur Middleton Male vocal solo, with piano lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ross, Adrian," accessed April 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104143.

Ross, Adrian. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104143.

"Ross, Adrian." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 April 2021.

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