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(UK) HARMONY 78 rpm
1949

     This hitherto unpublished list by Paul Pelletier was compiled solely because of the popularity of its first release - the Frankie Howerd version of "Three Little Fishes" was a big favourite on BBC radio through the 1950s into the 1960s.

     Harmony was a small independent label, very unusual at this time. It was established by Richard Auty, a former English national Rugby player who became a Yorkshire wool merchant. In 1939, he married Leeds born singer Doreen Henry. There appears to have been only the one batch of Harmony releases, in July 1949, all British recordings except for the four Jimmy McPartland sides - they were recorded in Chicago in March 1949 and issued on Prestige as by Jimmy McPartland and his Dixieland Band, also they were coupled differently.

     The music press reported that on 9th November, 1949, pianist Ralph Sharon and his Boptet (which included Johnny Dankworth and Ronnie Scott) would be cutting their first sides for Harmony, with Doreen Henry as vocalist. The session did take place, with Harry Klein deputising for Dankworth, but the titles ("How high the Moon" & "Euphoria") were never issued.

     Any additional information is welcome.
Guy Pelletier

Added 11-Aug-2013; Updated 02-Oct-2013

(British) HARMONY A 1000 10-inch 78 rpm Series, 1949

A 1001

Jul.49

FRANKIE HOWERD

Three little fishes
I'm nobody's baby

A 1002

Jul.49

JIMMY McPARTLAND & HIS ORCHESTRA

In a mist
The daughter of Sister Kate

A 1003

Jul.49

BILLY TERNENT & HIS ORCHESTRA

The world is waiting for the sunrise
I cried for you

A 1004

Jul.49

BILLY TERNENT & HIS ORCHESTRA

Just one of those things
She's my lovely

A 1005

Jul.49

BILLY TERNENT & HIS ORCHESTRA

Beautiful eyes
Clopin-clopant

A 1006

Jul.49

BILLY TERNENT & HIS ORCHESTRA

Have you seen Irene?
Brush those tears from your eyes

A 1007

Jul.49

JIMMY McPARTLAND & HIS ORCHESTRA

Royal Garden blues
Singin' the blues

A 1008

Jul.49

DOREEN HENRY acc. Billy Munn & His Jazzclubmen

St. Louis blues
Can't we be friends?

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