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Harry Lauder

Sir Harry Lauder was a popular Scottish entertainer specializing in skits and songs in Scottish dialect. Clad in knit kilts and equipped with a knotty cane, Lauder merrily performed the classic Scots songs he'd devised, some of which now are as ingrained in Scotland's cultural fabric as though they were folk songs: "She Is Ma Daisy," "I Love a Lassie," "Roamin' in the Gloamin'," and "A Wee Deoch an' Doris" being among the best known. Born in Edinburgh, Lauder's father died when he was 13 and he went to work in a coal mine to help his family make ends meet. In the mines, Lauder sang songs and told jokes, much to the amusement of his fellow miners. Through their encouragement, Lauder entered and won a number of talent shows in the region, and by the time he was 25, Lauder was able to leave the mines for a career in show business. With his London debut at Gatti's Music Hall on March 19, 1900, Lauder was an immediate success. He performed before King Edward VII in 1908 and toured the world repeatedly -- Lauder appeared in the United States no less than 25 times between 1909 and 1932. Lauder made an enormous number of recordings beginning in February 1902 and lasting until 1935. When England got involved in World War I, so did Lauder; his one and only son was Captain John Lauder, killed in action on December 28, 1916. Before his son's death, Lauder had worked to interest young Scotsmen in conscripting to the war effort and afterward, Lauder went into the field himself, taking a small piano attached to a military vehicle onto the front lines and performing for the troops. For his achievements in this regard, Lauder was knighted by King George V in 1919. By the end of the 1920s Lauder showed signs of slowing down. Although semi-retired and mostly out of the entertainment business by 1930, Lauder, in his seventies, began to barnstorm once again on the battlefields of World War II. In 1999, Variety named Lauder as one of the top 100 stars of the twentieth century, and in Scotland, Sir Harry Lauder remains a national icon, a "Scotsman's Scot."
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  1.   Song
  2.   Oh, Sing Tae Me The Auld Scotch Songs
  3.   A Wee Deoch an ' Doris, Weary Dearie for You
  4.   The Wedding of Lauchie McGraw
  5.   I Like My Old Home Town
  6.   There Is Somebody Waiting for Me
  7.   That's the Reason Noo I Wear a Kilt
  8.   I'm Looking For A Bonnie Lass Tae Love Me
  9.   Wee Hoose Among the Heather
  10.   Appeal for One Million Pounds
  11.   Ta-Ta, My Bonnie Maggie Darling
  12.   Stop Yer Ticklin' Jock
  13.   It's Just Like Being at Home
  14.   Flower O' The Heather
  15.   The Lass of Killiecrankie
  16.   Just a Wee Deoch and Doris
  17.   I Wonder If Your Missing Me
  18.   The End of the Road
  19.   Oh, How I Weary Dearie
  20.   We Just Got Off The Chain
  21.   Portobello Lass
  22.   A Wee Deoch An' Doris
  23.   Flower of the Heather
  24.   Keep Right On
  25.   Scotch Memories Medley: Hame O'mine/A Scot Is a Scot/My Bonnie Wee Wee
  26.   Override The Medley
  27.   Wedding of Sandy McCab
  28.   The Harry Lauder Medley
  29.   We Parted On The Shore
  30.   The Hoose 'Mang The Heather
  31.   Keep Right On Till the End of the Road
  32.   It's Nice to Get Up in the Morning (But It's Nicer to Lie in Bed)
  33.   Breakfast In Bed On Sunday Morning
  34.   Medley of Famous Songs
  35.   Keep Right On To The End of The Road
  36.   Pin Your Faith On The Motherland
  37.   Soosie Maclean
  38.   The Waggle O' The Kilt
  39.   Sound Advice
  40.   Roamin' In The Gloamin'
  41.   The Road to the Isles
  42.   I Love A Lassie
  43.   The Kilty Lads
  44.   The Wee House 'Mang' the Heather
  45.   Somebody Is Waiting for Me
  46.   Sousie Mcclean
  47.   Tobermory
  48.   I've Just Got Off The Chain
  49.   It's A' Roun TH' Toon
  50.   Music and Song
  51.   Doughie, the Baker
  52.   Stop Your Ticklin' Jock
  53.   Love Makes the World a Merry-Go-Round
  54.   She Is My Daisy
  55.   I've Something in the Bottle for the Morning
  56.   Saturday Night
  57.   Mrs Le. Browning (From "A Sister to Assist 'Er")
  58.   When I Get Back to Bonnie Scotland
  59.   Breakfast in Bed
  60.   Oh How
  61.   It's Nicer To Be In Bed
  62.   The Saftest O' The Family
  63.   Bonnie Leezie Lindsay
  64.   Always Take Care of Your Pennies
  65.   Bonnie Maggie Tamson
  66.   I Think I'll Get Wed In The Summer

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