Wright, (Frederick) Lawrence
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(b Leicester, Feb 15, 1888; d Blackpool, May 16, 1964). British popular music publisher and songwriter . The son of a violin teacher and music stallholder, he performed as a violinist and singer with various concert parties and at the age of 18 set up his own music stall in Leicester. He rapidly built up his business and began publishing songs of his own. In 1911 he moved to London and set up business in Denmark Street, laying the foundations of London’s ‘Tin Pan Alley’. After World War I he opened demonstration shops in Blackpool and elsewhere to promote new songs, often with elaborate publicity. Before he moved to London he adopted the pseudonym Horatio Nicholls, under which he wrote most of his firm’s most successful songs: Dream of Delight (1916), Delilah (1917), That Old Fashioned Mother of Mine (1919), The Toy Drum Major...