Sutton was a prolific recording artist during the late 1920s and 1930s, and many of his records are of a suggestively humorous nature. While his best-known song was "On Mother Kelly's Doorstep" this was never recorded commercially, but private recordings were made and subsequently released on commercial compilations, including one recorded as late as January 1969, shortly before his death.
He appeared at the "Royal Variety Performance".
He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium on 5 March and his ashes placed in the Garden of Remembrance. A memorial plaque has been erected on the east wall of the West Memorial Court there.