Billy Harner

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Blue-Eyed Soul singer born in Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A. .Known in Northern soul circles as "The Human Percolator," blue-eyed soul shouter Billy Harner first emerged in 1964 with backing band the Expressions on the Lawn release "Anymore." His supporting unit proved short-lived, as the label of his follow-up, "Coney Island Wild Child," credited Harner alone, and in 1965 he signed to Cameo/Parkway to release "All Through the Night." After the release of 1966's "Let's Get in Line," Harner moved to the Kama Sutra imprint, where he recorded a series of cult-classic singles including "Homicide Dresser," "What About the Music," and the Northern soul favorite "Sally's Sayin' Somethin'," a minor hit that charted in Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles in the summer of 1967 but failed to gain national momentum. In late 1968, Harner signed to the local independent label Open/OR, where his debut release, the luminous ballad "A Message to My Baby," was licensed for wider distribution on Atlantic. Another Northern classic, the scorching Gamble-Huff track "I Struck It Rich" preceded the 1969 release of Harner's sole LP, She's Almost You. The album met the same discouraging fate as his previous releases, and after one final effort for the obscure 66 + 6 label, the Chris Kenner cover "Something You Got," the singer quit his music career to open his own barbershop in Camden, NJ. In the 1990s, Harner resurfaced on the East Coast oldies circuit.
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O-S-1100 She's Almost You — Billy Harner Billy Harner She's Almost You(LP, Album) Open Records (11) O-S-1100 US 1969 Sell This Version
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BH7499 2000 Summer Of Love — Billy Harner Billy Harner 2000 Summer Of Love(CD, Album) Studio Park Records BH7499 US 2000 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

P-950 Let's Get In Line — Billy Harner Billy Harner Let's Get In Line (Single) Parkway P-950 US 1964 Sell This Version
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1000 A Message To My Babe — Billy Harner Billy Harner A Message To My Babe (Single) V-Tone Records (2) 1000 US 1965 Sell This Version
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1003 I've Got To Check You Out — Billy Harner Billy Harner I've Got To Check You Out(7") V-Tone Records (2) 1003 US 1966 Sell This Version
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KA238 Homicide Dresser / Lavender Room — Billy Harner Billy Harner Homicide Dresser / Lavender Room Kama Sutra KA238 US 1967 Sell This Version
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KA226 Sally Sayin' Somethin' — Billy Harner Billy Harner Sally Sayin' Somethin' (Single) Kama Sutra KA226 US 1967 Sell This Version
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1251 Irresistible You / Honky Dory — Billy Harner Billy Harner Irresistible You / Honky Dory (Single) Kent 1251 US 1968 Sell This Version
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1253 She's Almost You / Fool Me — Billy Harner Billy Harner She's Almost You / Fool Me (Single) Open Records (11) 1253 US 1968 Sell This Version
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1255 I Struck It Rich / Watch Your Step — Billy Harner Billy Harner I Struck It Rich / Watch Your Step (Single) Open Records (11) 1255 US 1969 Sell This Version
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R-101 I Don't Mind Doin' It — Billy Harner Billy Harner I Don't Mind Doin' It (Single) Rock Hound Records R-101 US 1970 Sell This Version
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3C 006-92436 Rags To Riches / Any More — Billy Harner Billy Harner Rags To Riches / Any More (Single) Paramount Records 3C 006-92436 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
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KA-242 What About The Music — Billy Harner Billy Harner What About The Music (Single) Kama Sutra KA-242 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
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none These Are Not My People — Billy Harner Billy Harner These Are Not My People(7") 66 + 6 none US 1971 Sell This Version
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1001 That Jesus Feeling (On My Mind) — Billy Harner Billy Harner That Jesus Feeling (On My Mind)(7", Single) BHM Records 1001 US 1972 Sell This Version
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FF1831 What About The Children — Billy Harner Billy Harner What About The Children (Single) Mel Omega FF1831 US 1973 Sell This Version
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JH-10783 Two Lonely People  — Billy Harner Billy Harner Two Lonely People (Single) Midland International JH-10783 US 1974 Sell This Version
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MA81574 I Don't Wanna Cry / Now That You're Back — Billy Harner Billy Harner I Don't Wanna Cry / Now That You're Back(7") Match Records (4) MA81574 US 1975 Sell This Version
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SG114 I Got It From Heaven — Billy Harner Billy Harner I Got It From Heaven(7", Single, Mono) Sound Gems SG114 US 1976 Sell This Version
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2021 Star Revue / Homicide Dresser — Billy Harner Warren Lee, Billy Harner Warren Lee, Billy Harner - Star Revue / Homicide Dresser(7", Mono, Promo, RE) Sixties Soul 2021 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
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100 Don't Want My Lovin' / Pretty Little Girl — Billy Harner Billy Harner Don't Want My Lovin' / Pretty Little Girl (Single) Deborah Records 100 US Unknown Sell This Version
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B 3538 Sally Sayin' Somethin' / Homicide Dresser — Billy Harner Billy Harner Sally Sayin' Somethin' / Homicide Dresser(7") Collectables B 3538 US Unknown Sell This Version
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1003-AA All In My Mind / Fool Me — Billy Harner Billy Harner All In My Mind / Fool Me(7", Single) V-Tone Records (2) 1003-AA US Unknown Sell This Version
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HE-823 DJ Homicide Dresser — Billy Harner Billy Harner Homicide Dresser(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Heritage HE-823 DJ US Unknown Sell This Version
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OR 1257 I'll Be Around/Oh Girl — Billy Harner Billy Harner I'll Be Around/Oh Girl(7", Single) Open Records (11) OR 1257 Unknown Sell This Version