Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Sir Harry Lauder

A 10" LP on the HMV label issued in the late 50's or early 60's. The songs themselves are probably not the originals but his "hits" re-made in the 30's and 40's.

"Sir Harry Lauder (1870 - 1950), the popular singer and entertainer, who won international renown, was born at Number 4 Bridge Street, Portobello.

As a boy Lauder worked in a flax-spinning mill in Arbroath, where he attended school, and for a time he was a miner. It was in Arbroath that he first appeared on stage. He had a natural singing voice and a talent for composing simple and tuneful songs.

His stage persona depended heavily on the kilt, a curly walking-stick, and much talk of bawbees and allusions to tight-fistedness, and Lauder's critics complained that he caricatured the Scot. Be that as it may, Lauder was just as popular in his own country as he was in England and innumerable countries overseas.

Songs like Roaming in the Gloaming and Keep Right On to the End of the Road retain their magic and have become part of Scotland's folk music. He was knighted in 1919, and in 1927 received the Freedom of Edinburgh."

Something very irritating about a professional scotman like Lauder who played the part to the hilt, but nevertheless I find the mixture of music hall song and stirring highland sentiment and wimsy very attractive in an odd kind of way. Maybe I have some scottish blood in my veins somewhere?

Discover more about Sir Harry lauder HERE.

Sir Harry Lauder - Roaming In The Gloaming

Sir Harry Lauder - I Love A Lassie

Sir Harry Lauder - Stop Yer Tickling Jock

Sir Harry Lauder - The waggle O' The Kilt

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baikinange said...

"Stop Yer Ticklin Jock" is one of the strangest things I have heard in a long time, which believe me, is saying quite a lot.

wastedpapiers said...

Thanks for dropping by baikinange. Nice to get some comments occasionally! Yes, it is a strange record I suppose - that's why I like it.