Harry James
American trumpeter
Harry James
Henry Haag “Harry” James was an actor and musician best known as a trumpeter who led a swing band during the Big Band Swing Era of the 1930s and 1940s. He was especially known among musicians for his astonishing technical proficiency as well as his superior tone.
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"Concert for the Community" starring Lena Prima - Las Vegas Review - Journal
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Sergio Franchi came, and Harry Belafonte, Harry James, Al Hirt, Debbie Reynolds, Frankie Valli, Jack Jones, Jimmy Durante, so many people. A: There was just such a happy vibe. My mom (Gia Maione, Louis' fifth and last wife) cooked, and Tony Bennett
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Swinging with the Hot Tomatoes band in Lionshead - Vail Daily News
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VAIL — The Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra and a professional swing dance couple will perform in Lionshead today with their authentic re-creations of music by the greats of the swing era, including Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Harry James
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Les Cockrell: Guild’s award-winning quilt up for grabs in raffle - Denton Record Chronicle
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As Louise Tobin, she was a big-band singer who sang with Benny Goodman's orchestra and other famous bands and was married to trumpeter and bandleader Harry James. She lives in Garland with her son, Harry James. In 2008, Shelton wrote, Tobin donated to
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Jazz Vet Ted Herman and His Orchestra Jam Live at Repplier Park in Banning - Patch.com
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Bandleader Ted Herman's connections in jazz and show business include legends such as Harry James, Count Basie, Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Elvis Presley, according to his online bio
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Danielle Lloyd's baby Harry released from hospital after he's born 10 weeks early - Daily Mail
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Danielle gave birth to Harry James O'Hara on July 13, ten weeks early. He weighed just 4lb 4oz and was moved to a special neonatal unit at a hospital 60 minutes from her and fiance Jamie O'Hara's home in the Midlands. Danielle said last month it has
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Raising awareness of a rare killer of newborns - South Wales Argus
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Emily Rawlings, 20, of Upper Bridge Street, Pontypool, and her family, were left devastated when she discovered baby Harry James Rawlings had died on January 23. Miss Rawlings said she just froze when she realised Harry had stopped breathing and she
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Big band brings big sound to the Bowl - Redlands Daily Facts
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Jack H. Poster plays the trumpet during "A Tribute to Harry James and Friends" performance on Tuesday as part of The Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival. (MICAH ESCAMILLA/For the Daily Facts) REDLANDS - Tuesday's temperatures topped out at 103 degrees,
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Military device closes down street before police deem it harmless - Boston Herald
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NEW BEDFORD — New England Demolition & Salvage co-owner Harry James was unloading disarmed hand grenades and other military items from his truck Monday morning when one of them gave him cause for pause
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Today In History - Sports Radio ESPN 1420
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In 1939, Frank Sinatra made his recording debut with the Harry James band. In 1943, the first night All-Star Game was played at Philadelphia's Shibe Park. The AL won 5-4. In 1959, The Shirelles released their hit song "Dedicated To The One I Love
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Today in Music History - July 13 - mysask.com (press release)
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In 1939, Frank Sinatra made his first record, singing "From the Bottom of My Heart" and "Melancholy Mood" with the "Harry James Orchestra." In 1942, Roger McGuinn, leader of "The Byrds," was born in Chicago. "The Byrds" pioneered folk and country rock
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Jimmy Calire Opens Jammin' Musical series at Ojai Art Center - Ventura County Star
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Calire studied composition with his mentor Leroy Holmes, who arranged for Harry James, Della Reese, and was the founder of Everest Records. Calire's musical repertoire covers everything from tough roadhouse shuffling and Boogie Woogie to string
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Harry Potter Forever - Inquirer.net
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The boy—and the recipient of the letter—was of course Harry James Potter, and all this came to pass in the first scenes of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,” the first film adaptation of the best-selling series from JK Rowling in 2001
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Discussion: Harry as a Parent - SnitchSeeker.com
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So we know that Harry and Ginny raised three of their own children, Harry James Potter II, Albus Severus Potter, and Lily Luna Potter, as well as Harry's godson, Teddy Lupin. But what do you think Harry would have been like as a parent?
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Harry James
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1983
    Age 66
    In 1983, James was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1973
    Age 56
    As of 2016, two recordings of Harry James had been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance."
    More Details Hide Details Metronome magazine conducted annual readers' polls for their readers to choose whom they considered to be the top jazz musician on each instrument for the year. The winners were invited to join an ensemble known as the Metronome All-Stars that was assembled for studio recordings. The studio sessions were held in the years 1939-42, 1946–53, and 1956, and typically resulted in two tracks which allowed each participant a chance to solo for one chorus. Harry James was chosen to play trumpet with the Metronome All-Stars for the years 1939, 1940 and 1941. In a similar annual poll conducted by Downbeat magazine, James was chosen by Downbeat's readers as the best trumpet instrumentalist for the years 1937, 1938 and 1939, and as favorite soloist for 1942.
  • 1967
    Age 50
    James married a third time on December 27, 1967 to Las Vegas showgirl Joan Boyd, whom he would divorce in March 1970.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1960
    Age 43
    For his contribution to the motion picture industry, on February 8, 1960 Harry James was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6683 Hollywood Blvd.
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  • 1958
    Age 41
    His knowledge of horse racing was demonstrated during a 1958 appearance on The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour entitled "Lucy Wins A Racehorse".
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    And on James's releases from 1958-1961, Myers noted, "The James band during this period has been eclipsed by bands led by Basie, Maynard Ferguson and Stan Kenton.
    More Details Hide Details While each served up its own brand of magnificence, James produced more consistently brilliant tracks than the others... virtually everything James recorded during this period was an uncompromising, swinging gem." While in London, Harry James did an interview with the English jazz critic Steve Voce. When Voce asked him if the biggest audience was for the commercial numbers he had recorded, he visibly bristled. James answered, "That would depend on for whom you are playing. If you're playing for a jazz audience, I'm pretty sure that some of the jazz things we do would be a lot more popular than 'Sleepy Lagoon,' and if we're playing at a country club or playing Vegas, in which we have many, many types of people, then I'm sure that 'Sleepy Lagoon' would be more popular at that particular time. But I really get bugged about these people talking about commercial tunes, because to me, if you're gonna be commercial, you're gonna stand on your head and make funny noises and do idiotic things. I don't think we've ever recorded or played one tune that I didn't particularly love to play. Otherwise, I wouldn't play it."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1949
    Age 32
    In 2014, Marc Myers of JazzWax commented, "James's band of the mid-1940s was more modern than most of the majors, and in 1949 he led one of the finest bands of the year."
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  • 1947
    Age 30
    He broke up his band for a short period in 1947 but shortly after he re-organized and was active again with his band from then until his death in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details He was especially known among musicians for his astonishing technical proficiency as well as his superior tone, and was extremely influential on up and coming trumpet players from the late 1930s into the 1940s. He was also an actor in a number of motion pictures that usually featured his bands in some way. Harry James was born in Albany, Georgia, the son of Myrtle Maybelle (Stewart), an acrobat and horseback rider, and Everett Robert James, a bandleader in a traveling circus, the Haag Circus. According to the Bill Sterns Sports Newsreel broadcast on September 12, 1942, on which James appeared, he was saved from being trampled, at the age of 6, by his mother's horse after performing with the horse. By the age of 10 he was taking trumpet lessons from his father, who placed him on a strict daily practice schedule. Each day, James was given one page to learn from the Arban's book and was not allowed to pursue any other pastime until he had learned that particular page.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1945
    Age 28
    Indeed, a U.S. Treasury report released in 1945 listed Harry James and Betty Grable as the highest-paid couple in the nation.
    More Details Hide Details What worked well commercially with the public, however, had the opposite effect on those in the circle of jazz critics. Dan Morgenstern, the respected critic and Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies, called the 1941 release of "You Made Me Love You" "the record that the jazz critics never forgave Harry James for recording." With James continuing to employ his "hot" jazz style on pop hits through the 1940s, his playing was often labeled as "schmaltzy" and dismissed by the critics. After coasting through the mid-1950s, James made a complete reevaluation of where he was heading in his musical career. Count Basie provided the impetus by making a significant comeback with his newly formed "16 Men Swinging" band, and James wanted a band with a decided Basie flavor. James signed with Capitol Records in 1955, and two years later, after releasing new studio versions of many of his previously released songs from Columbia, James recorded ten new tracks for an album entitled Wild About Harry! This album was the first in a series released on Capitol, and continuing later on MGM, representative of the Basie style that James adopted during this period, with some of the arrangements provided by former Basie saxophonist and arranger Ernie Wilkins, whom James hired for his own band.
  • 1940
    Age 23
    In 1940, James lost his contract with Columbia Records (he returned in 1941), and Frank Sinatra left the band that January.
    More Details Hide Details It was not long after this that James made a pivotal decision: he would adopt a "sweeter" style that added strings to the band, and the band would deliver tunes that were in more of a "pop" vein and less true to its jazz roots. From a commercial standpoint, the decision paid off — James soon enjoyed a string of chart topping hits that provided commercial success for him and his band.
  • 1939
    Age 22
    After James left Benny Goodman's band in 1939 to form his own band, he soon found that leading a commercially viable musical group required a broader set of skills than those needed to be a gifted musician playing in someone else's band.
    More Details Hide Details The James band ran into financial trouble, and it became increasingly difficult for James to make payroll and keep the band together.
    His was the first "name band" to employ vocalist Frank Sinatra, in 1939, for $75 a week.
    More Details Hide Details James signed Sinatra to a one-year contract, of which Sinatra worked seven months before leaving to sing for Tommy Dorsey He wanted to change Sinatra's name to 'Frankie Satin' but Sinatra refused. His later band included drummer Buddy Rich. His featured vocalist was Helen Forrest. Johnny MacAfee was featured on the sax and vocals and Corky Corcoran was a youthful sax prodigy. His orchestra succeeded Glenn Miller's on a program sponsored by Chesterfield Cigarettes in 1942, when Miller disbanded his orchestra to enter the Army. In 1945, James and his orchestra had a summer replacement program for Danny Kaye's program on CBS. He played trumpet in the 1950 film Young Man with a Horn, dubbing Kirk Douglas. In the album from that movie, he backed Doris Day and the album charted at #1. James's recording of "I'm Beginning to See the Light" appears in the motion picture My Dog Skip (2000). His music is also featured in the Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters. James recorded many popular records and appeared in many Hollywood movies.
    With financial backing from Goodman, in January 1939 James debuted his own big band in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but it didn't click until 1941 when he added a string section.
    More Details Hide Details This big band became known as Harry James and His Music Makers. His hit "You Made Me Love You" was in the Top 10 during the week of December 7, 1941. He was in two featured roles in two films, Private Buckaroo and Springtime in the Rockies. He toured with the band into the 1980s, and to this day the Harry James Orchestra still exists, now led by Fred Radke.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1935
    Age 18
    James was married three times. He married singer Louise Tobin on May 4, 1935, and they had two children. They divorced in 1943.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he married actress Betty Grable. They had two daughters, Victoria and Jessica, before divorcing in 1965.
    In 1935 he joined Pollack's band, but at the start of 1937 left to join Benny Goodman's orchestra, where he stayed through 1938.
    More Details Hide Details He was nicknamed "The Hawk" early in his career for his ability to sight-read. A common joke was that if a fly landed on his written music, Harry James would play it. His low range had a warmth associated with the cornet and even the flugelhorn, but this sound was underrecorded in favor of James' brilliant high register.
  • 1931
    Age 14
    In 1931, his family settled in Beaumont, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details It was here, at 15 years of age, that James began playing in local dance bands. James played regularly with Herman Waldman's band, and at one performance was noticed by nationally popular Ben Pollack.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1916
    Born
    Born on March 15, 1916.
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