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 526-535 of 535 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Vocalion E4400-E4402 10-in. 1/21/1927 Blue skies Al Goering's Collegians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Vocalion E6831-E6832 10-in. 1/11/1928 Among my souvenirs Richard Green Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Vocalion E6833-E6834 10-in. 1/11/1928 Diane (I'm in heaven when I see you smile) Richard Green Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Vocalion E7113-E7114 10-in. 2/6/1928 My melancholy baby Richard Green Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Vocalion E7115-E7116 10-in. 2/6/1928 Everywhere you go Richard Green Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal  
Vocalion E7156-E7157 10-in. 2/11/1928 Ramona Miami Marimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Vocalion E7158-E7159 10-in. 2/11/1928 Gypsy love song Miami Marimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Vocalion E7176-E7177 10-in. 2/27/1928 Sunshine Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Vocalion E7178-E7179 10-in. 2/27/1928 Chloe Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Vocalion E7229-E7231 10-in. 3/24/1928 Girl of my dreams Miami Marimba Band Marimba band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take E7231) vocalist  
(Results 526-535 of 535 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lambert, Scrappy," accessed November 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109632.

Lambert, Scrappy. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109632.

"Lambert, Scrappy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 November 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109632

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