Harry Roy

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Harry Roy
Birth nameHarry Lipman
Born(1900-01-12)12 January 1900
Stamford Hill, London, England
Died1 February 1971(1971-02-01) (aged 71)
London, England
GenresJazz
InstrumentsClarinet
Associated actsSyd Roy, Eddie Carroll, Joe Daniels, Nat Temple, Ray Ellington, Stanley Black
 
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Harry Roy
Birth nameHarry Lipman
Born(1900-01-12)12 January 1900
Stamford Hill, London, England
Died1 February 1971(1971-02-01) (aged 71)
London, England
GenresJazz
InstrumentsClarinet
Associated actsSyd Roy, Eddie Carroll, Joe Daniels, Nat Temple, Ray Ellington, Stanley Black

Harry Roy (12 January 1900 – 1 February 1971) was a British dance band leader and clarinet player from the 1920s until the 1960s.

Life and career[edit]

He was born Harry Lipman in Stamford Hill, London, England, and began to study clarinet and alto saxophone at the age of 16. He and his brother Sidney formed a band which they called The Darnswells, with Harry playing saxophone and clarinet and Sidney on piano. During the 1920s they performed in several prestige venues such as the Alhambra and the London Coliseum, under names such as the Original Lyrical Five and the Original Crichton Lyricals. They spent three years at the Café de Paris, and toured South Africa, Australia and Germany. By the early 1930s, Harry Roy was fronting the band under his own name, and broadcasting from the Café Anglais and the Mayfair Hotel.[1] In 1931 he wrote and sang "My Girl's Pussy",[2] which has since been the subject of many cover versions and remakes. In 1935 he married Elizabeth Brooke, daughter of the white Rajah of Sarawak, with whom he appeared in two musical films, Rhythm Racketeer (1937) and Everything Is Rhythm (1940).[1]

During the war years, Roy toured around with his band, Harry Roy's Tiger Ragamuffins.[3] He was at the Embassy Club in 1942, and a little later, toured the Middle East, entertaining troops. In 1948, Roy went to the United States, but was refused a work permit. Returning to England, he reformed his band and scored a hit with his recording of "Leicester Square Rag".[1]

By the early 1950s the big band era had come to an end. The band split up, but Roy still drifted in and out of the music scene. In the 1950s, he ran his own restaurant, the Diners' Club, but it was destroyed by fire. In 1969, he returned to music, leading a quartet in the London Lyric Theatre's show Oh Clarence, but he was by then in failing health and died in London in February 1971.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Larkin, Colin, ed. (2009), "Winnick Maurice", Encyclopedia of Popular Music (online ed.), Muze Inc and Oxford University Press, retrieved 2 September 2010 
  2. ^ "Odd song name, but effective". Archive.org. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Harry Roy'S Tiger Ragamuffins - British Pathé". Britishpathe.com. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 

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