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 301-325 of 535 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick PB460-PB461 10-in. Apr. 1928 [Unknown title(s)] Jack Denny Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick PB462-PB463 10-in. Apr. 1928 Moments with you Jack Denny Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal effects vocalist  
Brunswick PB464-PB465 10-in. Apr. 1928 Whisper sweet and whisper low Jack Denny Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick PB466-PB467 10-in. Apr. 1928 Mississippi lullaby Jack Denny Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E27422 10-in. 4/25/1928 Ready for the river Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick E27423 10-in. 4/25/1928 My angel Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick E27591 10-in. 5/26/1928 Song of the islands Colonial Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E27619 10-in. 5/31/1928 Just like a melody out of the sky Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick XE27621 12-in. 5/31/1928 Dear old Southland Five Pennies ; Scrappy Lambert ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick XE27622 12-in. 5/31/1928 Limehouse blues Five Pennies ; Scrappy Lambert ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E27682 10-in. 6/11/1928 Poor people Detroiters ; Milt Shaw Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E27908 10-in. 7/28/1928 When Polly walks through the hollyhocks Ben Bernie ; Billy Hillpot ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E28092 10-in. 8/15/1928 Moonlight madness (Then you were gone) Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E28093 10-in. 8/15/1928 Revenge Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E28199 10-in. 9/11/1928 My Ohio home Wabash Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E28200 10-in. 9/11/1928 My pet Wabash Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E28223 10-in. 9/14/1928 Roses of yesterday Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E28224 10-in. 9/14/1928 Sonny boy Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E28248 10-in. 9/17/1928 Moonlight madness (Then you were gone) Harold Lambert Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E28317 10-in. 9/27/1928 Grieving Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick E28318 10-in. 9/27/1928 Woman disputed (I love you) Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick E28319 10-in. 9/27/1928 Beggars of life Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick E28389 10-in. 10/27/1928 You’re the cream in my coffee Colonial Club Orchestra ; Scrappy Lambert Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E28443 10-in. 10/3/1928 I can’t make her happy (That old girl of mine) William Wirges Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E28688 10-in. 11/16/1928 She’s funny that way (I got a woman, crazy for me) Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
(Results 301-325 of 535 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lambert, Scrappy," accessed January 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109632.

Lambert, Scrappy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109632.

"Lambert, Scrappy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 January 2021.

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