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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 51-75 of 84 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 51-75 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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