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 401-425 of 535 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick E31401 10-in. Nov. 1929 Sweetheart, we need each other Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E31402 10-in. Nov. 1929 You’re always in my arms (But only in my dreams) Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E32204 10-in. Feb. 1930 Without love Al Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E32578 10-in. Apr. 1930 Wherever you are Colonial Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E32624 10-in. Apr. 1930 I’m in the market for you Bob Haring Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E32725 10-in. Apr. 1930 Just like in a story book Bob Haring Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E32739 10-in. May 1930 Alice in Wonderland Anglo-Persians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E32753 10-in. May 1930 Dancing with tears in my eyes Regent Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E32833 10-in. May 1930 Dark night Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E32834 10-in. May 1930 Into my heart Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E33290 10-in. June 1930 I am only human after all Colonial Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E33291 10-in. June 1930 With my guitar and you Colonial Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E20022-E20023 10-in. 9/3/1926 Why do ya roll those eyes? Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E20807-E20809 10-in. 11/24/1926 If I’d only believed in you Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E20810-E20812 10-in. 11/24/1926 I’m tellin’ the birds, tellin’ the bees how I love you Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E20856-E20857 10-in. 12/1/1926 I’m tellin’ the birds, tellin’ the bees, how I love you Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E20937-E20939 10-in. 12/13/1926 Lonely eyes Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E20940-E20942 10-in. 12/13/1926 Who’ll be the one? Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E21041-E21043 10-in. 12/23/1926 “Je t’aime” means “I love you” Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E21044-E21046 10-in. 12/23/1926 He’s the last word Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E21336-E21338 10-in. 1/27/1927 I can't believe that you're in love with me Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E21339-E21341 10-in. 1/27/1927 My little bunch of happiness Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E21352-E21354 10-in. 1/28/1927 I'm looking over a four leaf clover Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E21355-E21357 10-in. 1/28/1927 Ain’t she sweet? Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E21459-E21461 10-in. 2/9/1927 Underneath the weeping willow Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
(Results 401-425 of 535 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lambert, Scrappy," accessed January 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109632.

Lambert, Scrappy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109632.

"Lambert, Scrappy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 January 2021.

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