Max Harris

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British pianist, composer and arranger. Born: 15 September 1918 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England Died: 13 March 2004 in London, England
Born into a Jewish family, his father was a tailor from Poland, and his mother had emigrated from Latvia. Harris was raised in London. He originally embarked on a career in dance bands and as a jazz musician, before his war service, becoming a captain in the Royal Army Service Corps. Post-war, Harris worked aboard the Mauretania on six cruises, and in groups led by clarinettist Carl Barriteau and drummer Jack Parnell. An arranger for visiting Americans such as Frank Sinatra, he wrote jingles for commercials in the later 1950s. His theme music for the Anthony Newley series The Strange World of Gurney Slade (1960) reached number 11 in the UK Singles Chart, and still resurfaces in fresh contexts. Harris also provided the theme music for the London Weekend Television (LWT) TV series The Gold Robbers (1969), the BBC 1 science-fiction series Doomwatch (1970–72), the LWT drama anthology series Big Brother (1970), the LWT police drama series New Scotland Yard (1972), the ITV comedy series Odd Man Out (1977) and the BBC serial A Horseman Riding By (1978).
Harris contributed the themes for several series featuring Ronnie Barker, such as Porridge and Open All Hours, and worked on the Dennis Potter serial The Singing Detective (1986), which included arranging and performing its accordion-based main theme. The Max Harris Group provided the music for the fourth series of Round the Horne (1968), and he wrote the theme tune in klezmer style for Radio 4's The Attractive Young Rabbi (1999–2002).
His film work included the scores to Baby Love (1968), the film version of On the Buses (1971), and Carry On England (1976). He was also music director on several jazz albums issued during the 1970s which partnered violinists Stéphane Grappelli and Yehudi Menuhin.
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Albums

DJF 20514 Max Harris - Love For Lydia album art Harry Rabinowitz, Laurie Holloway, Max Harris Harry Rabinowitz, Laurie Holloway, Max Harris - Love For Lydia(LP, Gat) Weekend Records (4), DJM Records (2) DJF 20514 UK 1977 Sell This Version
ESL 157 Max Harris - Brass Band Music album art Jim Parker (2) / Max Harris / Nigel Hess Jim Parker (2) / Max Harris / Nigel Hess - Brass Band Music(LP) Standard Music Library ESL 157 UK 1978 Sell This Version
Max Harris - Strictly For The Birds album art Yehudi Menuhin, Stéphane Grappelli & Max Harris Yehudi Menuhin, Stéphane Grappelli & Max Harris - Strictly For The Birds (Album) Angel Records Digital Japan 1980 Sell This Version
BRG 20 Max Harris - Time Off album art Trevor Bastow / Max Harris Trevor Bastow / Max Harris - Time Off(LP) Bruton Music BRG 20 UK 1981 Sell This Version
ESL 158 Max Harris - Piano Music - Romantic/Pastoral album art Max Harris Piano Music - Romantic/Pastoral(LP) Standard Music Library ESL 158 UK 1984 Sell This Version
AVF 28 Max Harris - Sound Stage 28 Romantic Piano album art Suzanne Davies, Max Harris, Geoff Eales Suzanne Davies, Max Harris, Geoff Eales - Sound Stage 28 Romantic Piano(LP) Amphonic Music Ltd. AVF 28 UK 1985 Sell This Version
AVF 37 Max Harris - Corporate Image album art Syd Dale, Anne Dudley, Max Harris, Gerry Butler, Alec Gould Syd Dale, Anne Dudley, Max Harris, Gerry Butler, Alec Gould - Corporate Image(LP) Amphonic Music Ltd. AVF 37 UK 1986 Sell This Version
4XS 36968 Max Harris - Jalousie (Music Of The Thirties) album art Yehudi Menuhin, Stephane Grappelli* & The Alan Clare Trio* , Directed By Max Harris Yehudi Menuhin, Stephane Grappelli* & The Alan Clare Trio* , Directed By Max Harris - Jalousie (Music Of The Thirties)(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Angel Records 4XS 36968 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

7EG 8363 Max Harris - It Swings! album art Sid Phillips With Joe Muddell*, Max Harris, Colin Bailey, Bill Le Sage Sid Phillips With Joe Muddell*, Max Harris, Colin Bailey, Bill Le Sage - It Swings!(7", EP) His Master's Voice 7EG 8363 UK 1958 Sell This Version
RESL 55 Max Harris - A Horseman Riding By album art Max Harris A Horseman Riding By(7", Single) BBC Records RESL 55 UK 1978 Sell This Version
RESL 55 Max Harris - A Horseman Riding By album art Max Harris A Horseman Riding By(7", Single, Promo) BBC Records RESL 55 UK 1978 Sell This Version

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