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 76-84 of 84 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ross, Adrian," accessed April 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104143.
Ross, Adrian. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104143.
"Ross, Adrian." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 14 April 2021.
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