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 451-475 of 535 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick E25864-E25866 10-in. 1/6/1928 The man I love Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (E25866) vocalist  
Brunswick E25919-E25921 10-in. 1/9/1928 On the Vagabond Trail William Wirges Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
Brunswick E25922-E25924 10-in. 1/9/1928 Dear, on a night like this William Wirges Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Brunswick E26213-E26215 10-in. 1/20/1928 The sunrise (Will bring another day for you) Adelphia Whispering Orchestra ; Herbert Gordon Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E26215) vocalist  
Brunswick E26216-E26218 10-in. 1/20/1928 Thou swell Adelphia Whispering Orchestra ; Herbert Gordon Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E26218) vocalist  
Brunswick E26237-E26239 10-in. 1/23/1928 Say so! Harry Archer Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E26239) vocalist  
Brunswick E26243-E26245 10-in. 1/23/1928 In the sing-song sycamore tree Casa Lopez Orchestra ; Vincent Lopez Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio; without vocal (take E26245) vocalist  
Brunswick E26267-E26269 10-in. 1/25/1928 My Ohio home Century Serenaders ; Harry Reser Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E26269) vocalist  
Brunswick E26270-E26272 10-in. 1/25/1928 Beautiful Century Serenaders ; Harry Reser Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (takes E26272, E7016 1/2) vocalist  
Brunswick E26284-E26286 10-in. 1/27/1928 Make believe Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E26286) vocalist  
Brunswick E26355-E26357 10-in. 2/3/1928 There’s somebody new Bernie Cummins Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (E26357) vocalist  
Brunswick E26478-E26480 10-in. 2/14/1928 There must be a silver lining Casa Lopez Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio; without vocal (E26480) vocalist  
Brunswick E26497-E26499 10-in. 2/15/1928 Back in your own backyard Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra ; Scrappy Lambert Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E26499) vocalist  
Brunswick E26500-E26502 10-in. 2/15/1928 I just roll along havin' my ups and downs Ben Bernie ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet; without vocal (take E26502) vocalist  
Brunswick E26520-E26522 10-in. 2/15/1928 Beautiful Colonial Club Orchestra ; Scrappy Lambert Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (E26522) vocalist  
Brunswick E26523-E26525 10-in. 2/15/1928 I’ll think of you Colonial Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (E26525) vocalist  
Brunswick XE26772-XE26774 12-in. 3/2/1928 Poor Butterfly Five Pennies ; Scrappy Lambert ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take XE26774) vocalist  
Brunswick XE26775-XE26777 12-in. 3/2/1928 Can’t yo’ heah me callin’ Caroline Five Pennies ; Scrappy Lambert ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take XE26777) vocalist  
Brunswick E26898-E26900 10-in. 3/9/1928 Beloved Scrappy Lambert ; Regent Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E26900) vocalist  
Brunswick E26901-E26903 10-in. 3/9/1928 Early in the morning (Kiss me, love, before we part) Scrappy Lambert ; Regent Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E26903) vocalist  
Brunswick E26904-E26905 10-in. 3/9/1928 The glow-worm Miniature Concert Orchestra Orchestra, with male vocal quartet vocalist  
Brunswick E26914-E26915 10-in. 3/10/1928 Ramona Harold Lambert Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E26916-E26917 10-in. 3/10/1928 Like a bird that’s on the wing (I’m winging home) Harold Lambert Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E26991-E26993 10-in. 3/15/1928 I don’t know what to do Clevelanders ; Scrappy Lambert Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E26993) vocalist  
Brunswick E27079-E27081 10-in. 3/20/1928 Fleur de lis A. & P. Gypsies ; Harry Horlick ; Scrappy Lambert Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E27081) vocalist  
(Results 451-475 of 535 records)

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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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