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Harold "Scrappy" Lambert (12 May 1901 – 30 November 1987, New Brunswick, New Jersey) was an American dance band vocalist. He appeared on hundreds of recordings from the 1920s to the 1940s.

He attended Rutgers University, where he was a cheerleader and played piano for a jazz group called the "Rutgers Jazz Bandits." He and fellow student Billy Hillpot formed a musical duo, which was 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.[1]

Other bandleaders who employed Lambert include Red Nichols, Frank Britton Wenzel, Fred Rich, and Sam Lanin.[1]

In the 1930s, Lambert and Hillpot took their comedy routine to the National Broadcasting Company, then a fledgling radio network.[1]

In 1943, MCA offered him 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.[1]

Scrappy was one of the Smith Brothers and also one of Red Nichols' Five Pennies. He died in Riverside, CA.

"Cheerio, Cherry Lips, Cheerio," a 1929 vocal that Lambert recorded under the name Gordon Wallace, has been the closing theme of the Dr. Demento weekly radio broadcast since the early 1970's.

References

  1. ^ a b c d Scrappy Lambert, The Jazz Age. Accessed July 6, 2008.







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