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 are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 76-100 of 607 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-63604||10-in.||8/28/1930||Don't tell her (what's happened to me)||Burt Lorin ; Nathaniel Shilkret ; Victor Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BRC-71298||10-in.||2/3/1932||The wooden soldier and the china doll||Burt Lorin ; Victor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BSHQ-71299||10-in.||2/3/1932||The wooden soldier and the china doll||Victor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BRC-71802||10-in.||2/3/1932||Rain on the roof||Burt Lorin ; Victor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BSHQ-71804||10-in.||2/3/1932||Rain on the roof||Victor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-74646||10-in.||12/8/1932||Lucky little accident||Victor Arden-Phil Ohman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-74647||10-in.||12/8/1932||My cousin in Milwaukee||Victor Arden-Phil Ohman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-74648||10-in.||12/8/1932||Isn't it a pity||Victor Arden-Phil Ohman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-74649||10-in.||12/8/1932||I'll see you in the morning||Victor Arden-Phil Ohman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Victor||BS-76859||10-in.||8/4/1933||We're the boys from I. O. U.||Al and Pete||Male vocal duet, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||W144229||10-in.||5/26/1927||Gorgeous||Howard Lanin Orchestra ; Scrappy Lambert||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||W144232||10-in.||5/26/1927||I'm just drifting along||Howard Lanin Orchestra ; Scrappy Lambert||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||144391||10-in.||6/23/1927||I ain't that kind of a baby||Harry Lambert ; The Westerners||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||144392||10-in.||6/23/1927||Leonora||Broadway Bellhops ; Harry Lambert||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||144393||10-in.||6/23/1927||I'm in love again||Broadway Bellhops ; Harry Lambert||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||144568||10-in.||8/25/1927||Barbara||Broadway Bellhops||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||144569||10-in.||8/25/1927||Someday you'll say O.K.||Broadway Bellhops ; Harold Lambert||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||144570||10-in.||8/25/1927||It was only a sun shower||Broadway Bellhops ; Harold Lambert||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||W144623||10-in.||9/2/1927||The Calinda||Scrappy Lambert ; Radiolites||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||144889||10-in.||10/21/1927||There must be somebody else||Astorites||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||144890||10-in.||10/21/1927||Did you mean it?||Astorites||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||144891||10-in.||10/21/1927||Among my souvenirs||Astorites||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
|Columbia||144892||10-in.||10/21/1927||The beggar||Harold Rodman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist|
|Columbia||144893||10-in.||10/21/1927||My blue heaven||Harold Rodman||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||vocalist|
|Columbia||144909||10-in.||10/26/1927||Up in the clouds||Broadway Bellhops ; Harold Rodman||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lambert, Scrappy," accessed January 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109632.
Lambert, Scrappy. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109632.
"Lambert, Scrappy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 January 2023.
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