In the early part of the last century, Sir Harry Lauder was the most highly paid and popular entertainer in the English speaking world. Born in Portobello, Scotland on August 4th 1870, he worked first as a miner and started singing in local song contests which helped spur his career. He wrote most of his own songs, performed on stage and also had a successful recording career that lasted three decades. Traveling the globe and touring the USA on twenty-two separate tours over thirty years, he was a tireless performer and probably the world’s first superstar. After losing his only son in 1916 in World War I, he threw himself into the war effort, holding bond rallies, raising money for wounded and maimed soldiers and entertaining the troops at the front. He was knighted for this work in 1919. He died in 1950 at his home in Strathaven, Scotland.
This website is dedicated to the life, career and memory of Sir Harry Lauder. A work in progress, it brings together programmes, photos, articles, advertisements, letters, postcards, sheet music and ephemera into a central archive of information on this great entertainer. I have done my best to try to organize the information into coherent categories and, to the best extent possible, dates, places and people have been identified with care, but there are gaps of information and any corrections or additions will be most appreciated.
As most of the archive contains information nearly a century old or more, there should be no copyright restrictions, but if there are any problems, please contact me accordingly to remedy.
New York, USA 2015
This site is respectfully dedicated to Edie Dippel, founder of the original “In Celebration of Sir Harry Lauder” sirharrylauder.com website.