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 151-175 of 535 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia W150699 10-in. 8/12/1930 My blue bird was caught in the rain Ipana Troubadours Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W150700 10-in. 8/12/1930 I don't mind walkin' in the rain Ipana Troubadours Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151181 10-in. 12/27/1930 I'm so afraid of you Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151182 10-in. 12/27/1930 The wind in the willows Ipana Troubadours ; Sam Lanin Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151288 10-in. 2/7/1931 I'm happy when you're happy Radiolites Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151289 10-in. 2/7/1931 Were you sincere? Radiolites Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151604 10-in. 6/15/1931 At your command Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151605 10-in. 6/15/1931 The hour of parting Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151606 10-in. 6/15/1931 Pardon me pretty baby (Don't I look familiar to you) Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W151607 10-in. 6/15/1931 As long as you're there Fred Rich Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W351020 10-in. 5/19/1931 Faithfully yours Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W351022 10-in. 5/19/1931 Under your window tonight (Yoo-hoo I'll call to you) Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W351058 10-in. 7/3/1931 Why dance? Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W351059 10-in. 7/3/1931 Hikin' down the highway Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
Columbia W351077 10-in. 7/21/1931 I love Louisa Selvin’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W81249 10-in. 8/18/1927 Lucky in love Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W81843 10-in. 11/21/1927 Among my souvenirs Justin Ring's OKeh Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W81844 10-in. 11/21/1927 Away down South in heaven Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W81845 10-in. 11/21/1927 Who knows? Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W81956 10-in. 12/22/1927 My Ohio home Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W81957 10-in. 12/22/1927 I've been longing for a girl like you (For a long, long time) Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W81958 10-in. 12/22/1927 What a wonderful wedding that will be Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400079 10-in. 2/10/1928 Together (Waltz) Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400080 10-in. 2/10/1928 Ramona (Waltz) Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400081 10-in. 2/10/1928 There must be a silver lining (That's shining for me) Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
(Results 151-175 of 535 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lambert, Scrappy," accessed November 29, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109632.

Lambert, Scrappy. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 29, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109632.

"Lambert, Scrappy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 29 November 2020.

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