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Harry Lauder

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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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  2.   Flower of the Heather
  3.   Music and Song
  4.   A Wee Deoch An' Doris
  5.   Always Take Care of Your Pennies
  6.   Bonnie Maggie Tamson
  7.   Sousie Mcclean
  8.   She Is My Daisy
  9.   Soosie Maclean
  10.   The Saftest O' The Family
  11.   The Kilty Lads
  12.   Breakfast In Bed On Sunday Morning
  13.   The Lass of Killiecrankie
  14.   I Love A Lassie
  15.   Mrs Le. Browning (From "A Sister to Assist 'Er")
  16.   Keep Right On
  17.   Scotch Memories Medley: Hame O'mine/A Scot Is a Scot/My Bonnie Wee Wee
  18.   A Wee Deoch an ' Doris, Weary Dearie for You
  19.   We Just Got Off The Chain
  20.   Override The Medley
  21.   It's Nicer To Be In Bed
  22.   We Parted On The Shore
  23.   Stop Yer Ticklin' Jock
  24.   I've Just Got Off The Chain
  25.   It's Nice to Get Up in the Morning (But It's Nicer to Lie in Bed)
  26.   The End of the Road
  27.   I Wonder If Your Missing Me
  28.   Breakfast in Bed
  29.   There Is Somebody Waiting for Me
  30.   Doughie, the Baker
  31.   Flower O' The Heather
  32.   Keep Right On To The End of The Road
  33.   Pin Your Faith On The Motherland
  34.   Portobello Lass
  35.   Love Makes the World a Merry-Go-Round
  36.   Oh, Sing Tae Me The Auld Scotch Songs
  37.   I Like My Old Home Town
  38.   Roamin' In The Gloamin'
  39.   Ta-Ta, My Bonnie Maggie Darling
  40.   Wedding of Sandy McCab
  41.   Keep Right On Till the End of the Road
  42.   Just a Wee Deoch and Doris
  43.   Oh How
  44.   The Harry Lauder Medley
  45.   Sound Advice
  46.   That's the Reason Noo I Wear a Kilt
  47.   The Hoose 'Mang The Heather
  48.   Saturday Night
  49.   I Think I'll Get Wed In The Summer
  50.   The Wedding of Lauchie McGraw
  51.   Bonnie Leezie Lindsay
  52.   Appeal for One Million Pounds
  53.   Tobermory
  54.   The Road to the Isles
  55.   When I Get Back to Bonnie Scotland
  56.   I'm Looking For A Bonnie Lass Tae Love Me
  57.   Wee Hoose Among the Heather
  58.   Oh, How I Weary Dearie
  59.   Stop Your Ticklin' Jock
  60.   Medley of Famous Songs
  61.   It's A' Roun TH' Toon
  62.   Somebody Is Waiting for Me
  63.   It's Just Like Being at Home
  64.   The Wee House 'Mang' the Heather
  65.   The Waggle O' The Kilt
  66.   I've Something in the Bottle for the Morning

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