He also wrote at Tankerton inn also with Howard Fisher and also sung by Reinald Werrenrath
Here a clip sung by Reinald Werrenrath
In this privately produced recording from 1930, announcer Alexander Woollcott introduces "The Neysa McMein Memorial Record" with Harpo Marx and Reinald Werrenrath performing "Mighty Lak' a Rose". The segment closes with Christmas Greetings.
WERRENRATH, REINALD (1883-1853). His father, George Werrenrath, was a Danish tenor who taught singing in the United States. The son first studied with Percy Rector Stephens in New York City. In 1907 he made his concert debut at the Worchester Festival, and he then had a highly successful career as a concert and oratorio singer. After 1912 he was for many years the director of the University Heights Choral Society. In 1919 he made his stage debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Silvio in I Pagliacci. He remained a member of the Metropolitan until 1921. He appeared on Broadway in The School for Scandal (1923), The Beaux Stratagem (1928) and Music in the Air (1932). He visited England (1921-24; 28) where he sang chiefly on the radio. In 1932 was was awarded an honorary doctorate by New York University. He composed several works for male chorus. (A Concise Biographical Dictionary of Singers, by K.J. Kutsch / Leo Reimens [translated by Earl Jones] / The Chilton Book Company, 1969; Internet Broadway Database) --
"Mighty Lak' a Rose" is a 1901 song with lyrics by Frank Lebby Stanton (1857-1927) and music by Ethelbert Nevin (1862-1901). The lyrics are written in an approximation of an African American accent; such "dialect songs" were common in the era. The title thus means "Mighty (very much) like a rose"; this assessment is addressed by a mother (or perhaps an observer) to her newborn son. The dialect has been modified by some singers, such as Frank Sinatra. The song was Nevin's final composition. Nevin died on February 17, 1901, shortly after composing it, never living to realize the song's success. Stanton died in 1927. The full wikipedia article can be found here: