Harry James Bio
Harry Haag James (March 15, 1916 – July 5, 1983) was an American musician and bandleader. James was an instrumentalist of the swing era, employing a bravura playing style that made his trumpet work identifiable. He was one of the most-popular bandleaders of the first half of the 1940s, and he continued to lead his band until just before his death, 40 years later.
He was born in Albany, Georgia, the son of a bandleader of a traveling circus. 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.
In 1931 the family settled in Beaumont, Texas, where James began playing with local dance bands.
He joined the nationally popular Ben Pollack in 1935 but at the start of 1937, left Pollack to join Benny Goodman's orchestra, where he stayed through 1938.
In February 1939 James debuted his own big band in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His hit "You Made Me Love You" was in the Top 10 during the week of December 7, 1941. He toured with the band into the 1980s.
His was the first "name band" to employ vocalist Frank Sinatra, in 1939. He wanted to change Sinatra's name to 'Frankie Satin' but Sinatra refused. His later band included drummer Buddy Rich.
He played trumpet in the 1950 film Young Man with a Horn, dubbing Kirk Douglas. James' 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.
He was second only to Glenn Miller as the most successful recording artist of 1942.
James was married thrice. In May 1935, he married singer Louise Tobin, with two offspring. That marriage was dissolved in 1943.In the same year, he married the actress, Betty Grable: that marriage was dissolved in 1965, she is interred at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood California. His third marriage was to Las Vegas showgirl Joan Boyd in 1968; that marriage was dissolved in March 1970. Contrary to some assertions, he did not marry a fourth time. He had five children (two by Tobin, two by Grable, one by Boyd) and (as of his death) 16 grandchildren.
James owned several thoroughbred racehorses that won races such as the California Breeders' Champion Stakes (1951) and the San Vicente Stakes (1954). He was also a founding investor in the Atlantic City Race Course. His knowledge of horse racing was demonstrated during a 1958 appearance on The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour entitled "Lucy Wins A Racehorse."
In 1983, James was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, but he continued to work, playing his last professional job on June 26, 1983, in Los Angeles, California, just nine days before his death in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frank Sinatra gave the eulogy at the Bunkers Eden Vale Memorial Park in Las Vegas.
* Bathing Beauty (1944)
* Best Foot Forward (1943)
* Carnegie Hall (1947)
* Do You Love Me (1946)
* If I'm Lucky (1946)
* I'll Get By (1950)
* Outlaw Queen (1957)
* Private Buckaroo (1942)
* Riot in Rhythm (1957)
* Springtime in the Rockies (1942)
* The Benny Goodman Story (1956)
* The Sting II (1983)
* Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
* The Opposite Sex (1956)
* "Ain't She Sweet"
* "All or Nothing at All" (1939)
* "Blues in the Night" (1941)
* "Cheek to Cheek"
* "Ciribiribin" (1939)
* "Cry Me a River"
* "Doncha Go 'Way Mad" (with the Skylarks)
* "Flight of the Bumblebee"
* "Hernando's Hideaway" (1955)
* "Honeysuckle Rose"
* "I Cried for You" (1942)
* "I Don't Want to Walk Without You" (1942)
* "I'll Be Around"
* "I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)" (1940)
* "I Need You Now"
* "It All Depends on You"
* "It's Been a Long, Long Time" (1945)
* "I've Heard That Song Before" (1942)
* "Life Goes to a Party"
* "Manhattan Serenade"
* "My Buddy" (1939)
* "Oh My Pa-Pa (O Mein Papa)"
* "One O'Clock Jump"
* "Sing, Sing, Sing" (1937)
* "Sleepy Lagoon" (1942)
* "Somebody Loves Me"
* "That Old Feeling"
* "The Mole"
* "The Nearness of You"
* "Too Marvelous for Words" (1943)
* "Truly" (with Gilda Malken and The Skylarks)
* "Trumpet Blues and Cantabile"
* "(Up a) Lazy River"
* "Velvet Moon"
* "When Your Lover Has Gone" (1944)
* "Where or When"
* "You Made Me Love You" (1941)
* "You've Changed" (1941)
Harry James Items For Sale Include:
Harry James gold Selmer trumpet along with the mouthpiece, the case and documentation.
Original music scores hand written by Mr. James himself including Little Green Apples.
Pictures of him in his big band, Harry with Frank Sinatra and Harry with his wife Betty Grable and his children.
There are letters of correspondence and newspaper articles.
The entire collection has been appraised and we are looking to sell the collection as a package for $100,000.
Detailed List of Items:
On the trumpet it says "Henri Selmer Paris DE'POSE' Grands Prix Gene've 1927 LIE'GE 1930 H. Selmer 4. Place Dancourt Paris made in France." The serial # is 9497. It is a Model 26, made in 1950.
On the mouthpieces, one is silver one is gold and on them they say J Parduba and son New York H James model pat no 2.018.738 double cup 5.
3 original flyers of the Parduba mouthpiece and how they were used by Harry James
1 letter to Harry James Memorial Scholarship
1 letter from The College of Fine and Performing Arts
1 letter from Musicians Union
1 letter to Frank (Pee Wee) Monte Oct. 1991
2 letter to Frank Monte Nov. 1991
1 letter to frank Monte Feb. 3 1992
1 letter to Frank Monte March 28 1993
1 letter from Viola Monte April 15 1993 (Telling him that Frank passed away and giving him newspaper article of obit and original card from church
1 letter to Viola Monte June 1994
1 letter to Viola Monte Oct. 11 1994
1 letter from Viola Monte Oct. 17 1994
1 letter from Viola Monte Oct. 16 1995
1 letter from Viola Monte Sept. 10 1996
1 letter from Viola Monte April 3 1996
1 letter from Viola Monte Sept. 10 1996
1 letter from Viola Monte Oct. 5 1996
The original score of Little Green Apples with his own corrections made
1 of Harry, his wife Betty Grable and their 2 young children
1 of Harry with Frank Sinatra in the studio
1 of Harry with his big band
1 of Harry alone playing te trumpet
1 with Harry alone
Steve Fratallone from The Jazz Connection wrote an article about the owner with the trumpet.
An article which was written in the local paper where Dr Stan and my mother lived, showing him playing the trumpet and telling about it.
The Grafton saxophone that Charlie Parker used was sold at the Christie’s auction house in London in September 1994 for £93,500 sterling. The buyer was the American Jazz Museum, located in Parker’s home town, Kansas City, Missouri.
In 1994, that £93,500 sterling paid for Parker’s Grafton, would have been approximately $144,000 US.
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