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 201-225 of 535 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh W400767 10-in. 6/8/1928 Because my baby don't mean "maybe" now! Eddie Lang ; New Yorkers ; Joe Venuti Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet vocalist  
OKeh W400768 10-in. 6/8/1928 Just like a melody out of the sky Eddie Lang ; New Yorkers ; Joe Venuti Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400834 10-in. 6/28/1928 I can't give you anything but love Goofus Five Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400835 10-in. 6/28/1928 Ready for the river Goofus Five Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400884 10-in. 7/24/1928 Pickin' cotton New Yorkers ; Joe Venuti Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W400885 10-in. 7/24/1928 I'm on the crest of a wave New Yorkers ; Joe Venuti Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W401053 10-in. 8/3/1928 Ten little miles from town Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
OKeh W401054 10-in. 8/3/1928 If you don't love me Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio vocalist  
OKeh W401055 10-in. 8/3/1928 Why? (Do I love you like I do) Lanin’s Famous Players Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W401062 10-in. 8/10/1928 King for a day The Royal Music Makers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W401063 10-in. 8/10/1928 Jeannine, I dream of lilac time Joe Green ; Royal Music Makers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W401064 10-in. 8/10/1928 Anita Joe Green ; Royal Music Makers Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W401065 10-in. 8/16/1928 If you don't love me William Dutton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
OKeh W401066 10-in. 8/16/1928 Jeannine, I dream of lilac time William Dutton Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
OKeh W401069 10-in. 8/27/1928 Vaniteaser Goofus Five Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W401070 10-in. 8/27/1928 All of the time Goofus Five Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W401134 10-in. 9/20/1928 Love affairs Frankie Trumbauer’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W401145 10-in. 9/25/1928 Sonny boy Justin Ring Trio ; Noel Taylor Male vocal solo, with instrumental quartet vocalist  
OKeh W401250 10-in. 10/19/1928 Then came the dawn Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist  
OKeh W401251 10-in. 10/19/1928 There's a rainbow 'round my shoulder Scrappy Lambert Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio vocalist  
OKeh W401392 10-in. 11/26/1928 Where the shy little violets grow Detroiters ; Milt Shaw Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W401458 10-in. 12/14/1928 Once in a lifetime Mike Markel's Society Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W401459 10-in. 12/14/1928 To know you is to love you Mike Markel's Society Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W401893 10-in. 5/16/1929 The one in the world Ed Kirkeby Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
OKeh W401894 10-in. 5/16/1929 Pagan love song Ed Kirkeby Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo vocalist  
(Results 201-225 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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