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 501-525 of 535 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Brunswick XE31253-XE31254 12-in. Oct. 1929 Rio Rita—Medley Colonial Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E31266-E31267 10-in. 10/22/1929 Get happy The Captivators Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E31268-E31269 10-in. 10/22/1929 Somebody to love me The Captivators Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E31441-E31442 10-in. Nov. 1929 My fate is in your hands Meyer Davis Hotel Astor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E31443-E31444 10-in. Nov. 1929 If I had my way Meyer Davis Hotel Astor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E31445-E31446 10-in. Nov. 1929 Love made a gypsy out of me Bob Haring Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E31657-E31658 10-in. Dec. 1929 Only the girl A&P Gypsies Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E31838-E31839 10-in. Jan. 1930 Charming Colonial Club Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E31896-E31897 10-in. Jan. 1930 A night of happiness Jack Denny ; Mount Royal Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E31898-E31899 10-in. Jan. 1930 Beside an open fireplace Jack Denny ; Mount Royal Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E31993-E31994 10-in. Jan. 1930 Blue is the night Meyer Davis' Hotel Astor Orchestra ; Joe Moss Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E31995-E31996 10-in. Jan. 1930 Farewell Meyer Davis' Hotel Astor Orchestra ; Joe Moss Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Brunswick E27133-E271335 10-in. 3/26/1928 Moonlight Lane Joe Green Novelty Marimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E27135) vocalist  
Edison 11249 10-in. 10/15/1926 Just one more kiss Don Voorhees and his Earl Carroll's Vanities Orchestra ; Harold Lambert Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Edison 11250 10-in. 10/15/1926 I'd love to call you my sweetheart Don Voorhees and his Earl Carroll's Vanities Orchestra ; Harold Lambert Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Vocalion E7260 10-in. 4/5/1928 Just one word of consolation Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Vocalion E7261 10-in. 4/5/1928 Just forget Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Vocalion E7324 10-in. 4/23/1928 Laugh, clown, laugh Miami Marimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Vocalion E7325 10-in. 4/23/1928 Auf Wiederseh’n Miami Marimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take G) vocalist  
Vocalion E7328 10-in. 4/28/1928 Should I be sorry? Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Vocalion E7329 10-in. 4/28/1928 You’d rather forget than forgive Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Vocalion E7370 10-in. 6/13/1928 Just like a melody out of the sky Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Vocalion E7371 10-in. 6/13/1928 I tore up your picture when you said goodbye (But I put it together again) Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Vocalion E4228-E4230 10-in. 12/14/1926 Moonlight on the Ganges Al Goering's Collegians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Vocalion E4231-E4232 10-in. 12/14/1926 Hello! Swanee, hello! Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
(Results 501-525 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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