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HARRY BARRIS

Singer, Songwriter, Actor
(1905-1962)

Harry Barris was a professional pianist at 14 and touring with his own group by 17. In 1926 Paul Whiteman, at the suggestion of his violinist Matty Malneck, hired Barris to join the vocal duo of Bing Crosby and Al Rinker (vocalist Mildred Bailey’s brother), and the Rhythm Boys were born. For the next three years they were featured with Whiteman’s band, which included legendary cornetist Bix Beiderbecke. Bix was prominently featured along with the Rhythm Boys on Whiteman’s successful 1928 recording of Barris’ “Mississippi Mud”. A 1930 feature film on Whiteman and his band, the King of Jazz, was the first film appearance for Crosby and the Rhythm Boys.

In May 1930 the trio joined Gus Arnheim’s popular orchestra, appearing with the group at the prestigious Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles. It was with Arnheim’s band that Crosby had his first big hit as a soloist, in 1931, with the Barris/Gordon Clifford composition “I Surrender Dear.”

When Bing left to pursue a solo career, Barris married Arnheim vocalist Loyce Whiteman and the two toured as a duo. Barris continued to work with a number of bands, but he had developed a drinking problem which caused him to curtail his composing in 1935. Partly due to Crosby’s help, he appeared in small roles in dozens of films, often without credit, as a musician or bandleader, and he entertained troops during WWII along with comedian Joe E. Brown.

Barris wrote a number of early hits for Crosby, including “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams” with lyrics by Ted Koehler and Billy Moll and recorded by Bing in 1931.

In 1943, after a hiatus of 13 years, The Rhythm Boys were reunited for the last time on the radio program Paul Whiteman Presents.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

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Role: Non-Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
CROSBY, Bing: Rhythm King (1926-1930) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120696
Nostalgia
CROSBY, Bing: Some of These Days (1931-1933) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120562
Nostalgia

Role: Non-Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BEIDERBECKE, Bix: Bix Lives! (1926-1930) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120712
Jazz
CROSBY, Bing: Classic Crosby (1930-1934) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120507
Nostalgia
CROSBY, Bing: Rhythm King (1926-1930) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120696
Nostalgia
CROSBY, Bing: Some of These Days (1931-1933) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120562
Nostalgia
CROSBY, Bing: Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (1927-1931) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120697
Nostalgia
GARNER, Erroll: Standards (1945-1949) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120661
Jazz
HITS OF THE 1930s, Vol. 1 (1930): Happy Days Are Here Again! Naxos Nostalgia
8.120634
Nostalgia
LOST TAPES - Sims, Zoot (1958) SWR Jazzhaus
101710
Contemporary Jazz
LOST TAPES - Sims, Zoot (1958) SWR Jazzhaus
JAH-410
Jazz
SHAW, Artie: Begin the Beguine (1936-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120615
Jazz
STEWART, Slam / MAJOR HOLLEY: Shut Yo' Mouth! featuring Dick Hyman and Oliver Jackson Delos
DE1024
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: Thanks for the Memories Altissimo
75442270522
Contemporary Jazz
WHITEMAN, Paul: Paul Whiteman and His Dance Band Naxos Nostalgia
8.120511
Nostalgia
WILSON, Teddy: I Want to Be Happy (1944-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120538
Jazz





 
 
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