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 176-200 of 535 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W400094 10-in. 2/17/1928 Sunshine Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400095 10-in. 2/17/1928 You'd rather forget than forgive Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400139 10-in. 3/12/1928 Hush-a-bye baby William Dutton ; Justin Ring Trio Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist  
OKeh W400140 10-in. 3/12/1928 Ramona William Dutton ; Justin Ring Trio Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist  
OKeh W400144 10-in. 3/14/1928 Coquette (Coqueta) Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400145 10-in. 3/14/1928 The Yale blues Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400603 10-in. 4/10/1928 Borneo Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400604 10-in. 4/10/1928 My pet Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400608 10-in. 4/11/1928 Dream River Justin Ring Trio ; Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist  
OKeh W400609 10-in. 4/11/1928 One night of love Justin Ring Trio ; Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist  
OKeh W400643 10-in. 5/1/1928 (Like a bird that's on the wing) I'm wingin' home Joe Green ; Royal Music Makers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400644 10-in. 5/1/1928 Last night I dreamed you kissed me Joe Green ; Royal Music Makers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400648 10-in. 5/4/1928 I'd rather cry over you (Than smile at somebody else) Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400649 10-in. 5/4/1928 I'm riding to glory (With a glorious girl) Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400650 10-in. 5/4/1928 Get out and get under the moon Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400687 10-in. 5/18/1928 Sorry for me William Dutton ; Justin Ring Trio Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist  
OKeh W400688 10-in. 5/18/1928 Last night I dreamed you kissed me William Dutton ; Justin Ring Trio Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist  
OKeh W400698 10-in. 5/22/1928 That's my mammy Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400699 10-in. 5/22/1928 Dixie dawn Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400706 10-in. 5/25/1928 I must be dreaming New Yorkers ; Joe Venuti Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400707 10-in. 5/25/1928 'Taint so, honey, 'taint so New Yorkers ; Joe Venuti Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400722 10-in. 5/29/1928 Mamma's grown young, Papa's grown old Goofus Five Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400723 10-in. 5/29/1928 Right or wrong Goofus Five Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400740 10-in. 6/4/1928 Evening star (Help me find my man) Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400741 10-in. 6/4/1928 Forgetting you Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
(Results 176-200 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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