Scrappy Lambert

Harold "Scrappy" Lambert (May 12, 1901 – November 30, 1987, in New Brunswick, New Jersey) was an American dance band vocalist who appeared on hundreds of recordings from the 1920s to the 1940s.

At Rutgers University he was a cheerleader and played piano for a jazz group, the Rutgers Jazz Bandits. In February 1925, he and fellow student Billy Hillpot formed a musical duo impersonating the Smith Brothers. They were discovered in 1926 by Ben Bernie, who signed them to perform with his orchestra. Lambert and Hillpot appeared on many recordings with the orchestra and remained under Bernie's employ until 1928.

Other bandleaders who employed Lambert include Red Nichols, Frank Britton Wenzel, Fred Rich and Sam Lanin. Lambert was one of the Smith Brothers and also one of Red Nichols' Five Pennies.

In the 1920s and early 1930s, Lambert was one of the most prolific 'band vocalists' (hired to sing the vocal chorus on recordings by both performing Orchestras and studio groups). His voice is featured on hundreds of recordings, as well as having a series of vocal solo recordings for Brunswick.

In the 1930s, Lambert and Hillpot took their comedy routine to the National Broadcasting Company. In 1943, MCA offered Lambert a job overseeing their radio department in Beverly Hills, California. This marked the end of his singing career, and he worked for MCA until 1948. He died in Riverside, California.

"Cheerio, Cherry Lips, Cheerio," a 1929 vocal that Lambert recorded under the name Gordon Wallace, has been the closing theme of Dr. Demento's weekly radio broadcast since the early 1970s.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1901 (New Brunswick), Died 1987 (Riverside)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, tenor vocal, composer

Notes: Also used pseudonym Burt Lorin.

Recordings (Results 226-250 of 535 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W401895 10-in. 5/16/1929 I get the blues when it rains Ed Kirkeby Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W402424 10-in. 6/6/1929 With a song in my heart Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
OKeh W402425 10-in. 6/6/1929 Miss you Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
OKeh W402858 10-in. 8/16/1929 My song of the Nile Justin Ring Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W402859 10-in. 8/16/1929 Sleepy valley Justin Ring Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W402860 10-in. 8/16/1929 True blue Lou Justin Ring Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W402865 10-in. 8/19/1929 Singin' in the rain Richard Jordon Organ solo, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W402866 10-in. 8/20/1929 Little pal Richard Jordon Organ solo, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W402885 10-in. 8/27/1929 Here we care Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
OKeh W402886 10-in. 8/27/1929 Mem'ries of one sweet kiss Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
OKeh W402935 10-in. 9/6/1929 True blue Lou Richard Jordon Organ solo, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W402953 10-in. 9/17/1929 Go to bed Dr. Eugene Ormandy's Salon Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W402954 10-in. 9/17/1929 Dance away the night Dr. Eugene Ormandy's Salon Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W402955 10-in. 9/17/1929 Like a breath of spring-time Dr. Eugene Ormandy's Salon Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W403238 10-in. 11/7/1929 To be forgotten William Dutton Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
OKeh W403239 10-in. 11/7/1929 Love me William Dutton Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
OKeh W403550 10-in. 12/23/1929 Should I Hotel Pennsylvania Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W403560 10-in. 12/27/1929 Can't you understand? William Dutton Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
OKeh W403561 10-in. 12/27/1929 Molly William Dutton Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
OKeh W403627 10-in. 1/15/1930 Blue is the night Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W403628 10-in. 1/15/1930 Tea for two Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W403629 10-in. 1/15/1930 I want to be happy Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W403740 10-in. 2/6/1930 Navy blues Little Molers ; Miff Mole Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W403741 10-in. 2/6/1930 Lucky little devil Little Molers ; Miff Mole Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W403745 10-in. 2/7/1930 Hello, baby Artie Dunn ; William Dutton Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist  
(Results 226-250 of 535 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lambert, Scrappy," accessed November 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109632.

Lambert, Scrappy. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109632.

"Lambert, Scrappy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 November 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109632

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