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 426-450 of 535 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick E21524-E21526 10-in. 2/17/1927 It all depends on you Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E21527-E21529 10-in. 2/17/1927 Underneath the weeping willow Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E21865-E21867 10-in. 3/14/1927 Following you around Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E21867) vocalist  
Brunswick E21868-E21870 10-in. 3/14/1927 I’m in love again Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E21870) vocalist  
Brunswick E22308-E22311 10-in. 4/8/1927 Rosy cheeks Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E22311) vocalist  
Brunswick E22312-E22315 10-in. 4/8/1927 That little something Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E22315) vocalist  
Brunswick E22336-E22338 10-in. 4/11/1927 You know I love you Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E22338) vocalist  
Brunswick E22339-E22341 10-in. 4/11/1927 One o' clock baby Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E22341) vocalist  
Brunswick E24171-E24174 10-in. 8/10/1927 I’d walk a million miles (To be a little bit nearer to you) Frank Black Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E24174) vocalist  
Brunswick E24175-E24178 10-in. 8/10/1927 Highways are happy ways (When they lead the way to home) Frank Black Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E24178) vocalist  
Brunswick E24243-E24246 10-in. 8/16/1927 A night in June Ernie Golden ; Hotel McAlpin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E24246) vocalist  
Brunswick E24247-E24250 10-in. 8/16/1927 All by my ownsome Ernie Golden ; Hotel McAlpin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E24250) vocalist  
Brunswick E24366-E24368 10-in. 9/2/1927 A night in June Ernie Golden ; Hotel McAlpin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E24369-E24371 10-in. 9/2/1927 All by my ownsome Ernie Golden ; Hotel McAlpin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E24883-E24886 10-in. 10/24/1927 Lonely in a crowd Park Lane Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E24886) vocalist  
Brunswick E24887-E24890 10-in. 10/24/1927 Back where the daisies grow Park Lane Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E24890) vocalist  
Brunswick E25125-E25128 10-in. 11/10/1927 There must be somebody else Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E25128) vocalist  
Brunswick E25129-E25132 10-in. 11/10/1927 Carefree Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (Take E25132) vocalist  
Brunswick E25142-E25145 10-in. 11/10/1927 I told them all about you Ernie Golden ; Hotel McAlpin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E25145) vocalist  
Brunswick E25154-E25157 10-in. 11/11/1927 My heart stood still Harry Archer Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal effects vocalist  
Brunswick E25158-E25161 10-in. 11/11/1927 I feel at home with you Harry Archer Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E25394-E25396 10-in. 12/2/1927 I never dreamed Casa Lopez Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio; without vocal (take E25396) vocalist  
Brunswick E25457-E25459 10-in. 12/7/1927 Mine—all mine Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E25459) vocalist  
Brunswick E25744-E25746 10-in. 12/23/1927 Let’s misbehave Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E25746) vocalist  
Brunswick E25747-E25749 10-in. 12/23/1927 Changes Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E25749) vocalist  
(Results 426-450 of 535 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lambert, Scrappy," accessed January 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109632.

Lambert, Scrappy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109632.

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