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Max Harris

b. 15 Sept 1918, Bournemouth, Dorset, Britain, d. 13 March 2004, London, Britain. A pianist, composer and prolific conductor-arranger for radio and tv programmes. Like a young man, Harris had personal tuition around the piano up to the Royal Academy of Music Advanced Quality, and offered piano lessons himself, while still an adolescent. He offered as pianist-arranger using the Jack port Parnell orchestra, performed gigs with best sidemen such as for example Tommy Whittle and George Chisholm, and produced his 1st broadcast in 1950 around the BBC’s Jazz Golf club. Through the 50s he organized for BBC Radio’s Display Band Show, carried out by Cyril Stapleton, which presented top US performers such as for example Frank Sinatra. He in addition has worked on a lot of Britain’s top-rated radio and tv comedy displays and was involved with a particular radio tribute towards the Queen Mom on her behalf 80th birthday. Harris’ compositions possess included the name styles and/or incidental music for radio and tv programmes such as for example ACROSS THE Horne, Young IN MIND, Dad Charlie, Mickey Dunne, Doomwatch, Poldark, Horseman Driving By, The Spies, Open up All Hours, Brain Your Vocabulary, Porridge, Sherlock Holmes, IN THE Buses and Doctor’s Daughters. His ‘Gurney Slade Theme’, from ATV’s quirky The Unusual Globe Of Gurney Slade (1960-61), starring Anthony Newley, produced the UK Best 20, and earned an Ivor Novello Prize. Harris obtained another ‘Ivor’ in 1964, when his ‘Bombay Duck’, through the Kipling tv series, was adjudged ‘The Season’s Excellent Orchestral/Instrumental Structure’. He also earned the Developer and Images Association Prize in 1980 for his focus on The Green Medicine Present. Besides his very own recordings, he provides offered as arranger and musical movie director for many best artists, such as for example Ted Heath, Ella Fitzgerald, Dick Haymes, Owen Brannigan, and some four albums which brought renowned music artists Yehudi Menuhin and Stéphane Grappelli jointly on record for the very first time.

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