Episode Air Date: January 30, 2017
Artist: Sir Harry Lauder
Recording Title: Roamin' in the Gloamin'
Sir Harry Lauder was one of the biggest stars of the early 20th century. In 1911, he when he released the hugely popular Roamin’ in the Gloamin’, he was the highest-paid performer in the world. He was well-loved in his native Scotland for his support of troops during World War I, including fund-raising and performances, one of which found him under enemy fire. For all of these efforts, Lauder was knighted by King George V in 1919.
His popularity extends to the world of horticulture. Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick, or Corylus contorta, is a twisty-branched shrub, a nod to the walking stick Lauder himself used.