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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 (Results 26-50 of 84 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 84 records)

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104143

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