Harry James’ parents were in the circus, his mother was a trapeze artist and his father the band leader the of the Mighty Haag Circus. Harry learned to play drums when he was only 7 years old. By twelve, he was playing trumpet in a circus band.
Harry James played with Ben Pollack and Benny Goodman’s bands. His big break came in Philadelphia at the Ben Franklin Hotel with his own band, The Music Makers, when they became a hot band with jazz addicts everywhere from California to New York City. He had a very big hit with his version of You Made Me Love You.
Harry James also discovered Frank Sinatra working as a waiter in a New Jersey and had him sing in his band. Dick Haymes, Kitty Kallen, Connie Haines and Helen Forrest all got their break thanks to Harry James.
We are proud to bring you Harry James – “Shine”.