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Harry James (I) (1916–1983)

Harry James was born in a rundown hotel next to the city jail in Albany, Georgia. His mother and father were members of a circus - she as a trapeze artist and he a band leader - with the Mighty Haag Circus. At seven, they settled in Beaumont, Texas where Harry learned to play drums. By twelve, he was playing trumpet in the Christy Brothers circus ... See full bio »


(age 67) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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 2009 Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (performer: "You Made Me Love You")
 2007 The Sopranos (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Remember When (2007) ... (performer: "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)")
 2007 Emile Norman: By His Own Design (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "My Buddy")
 2005 Rumor Has It... (writer: "I'm Beginning To See The Light")
 2004 The Aviator (writer: "Back Beat Boogie" (1939))
 2004 Cold Case (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Factory Girls (2004) ... (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light")
 2003 Mona Lisa Smile (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light")
 2003 The Matrix Revolutions (writer: "I'm Beginning To See the Light")
 2002 Livshunger (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (2002) ... ("YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU")
 2001 The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (performer: "Flatbush Flanagan") / (writer: "Flatbush Flanagan")
 2000 Small Time Crooks (performer: "Music Makers") / (writer: "Music Makers")
 2000 The Yards (music: "I'm Beginning to See the Light" (1944))
 2000 My Dog Skip (performer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light") / (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light")
 1999 The Matrix (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light")
 1998 The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (Documentary) (writer: "Peckin'")
 1997 The Game (writer: "Life Goes To A Party")
 1997 Addicted to Love (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light")
 1996 Swingers (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light")
 1995 The Beatles Anthology (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light")
  Baseball (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode, 1994) (writer - 1 episode, 1994)
- Home (1994) ... (performer: "Dodgers' Fan Dance") / (writer: "Dodgers' Fan Dance")
 1993 Lipstick on Your Collar (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1993) ... (writer: "I'm Beginning To See The Light")
 1993 Swing Kids (writer: "LIFE GOES TO A PARTY")
 1991 Flirting (performer: "Sleepy Lagoon")
 1989 Valentina (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Caduta angeli (1989) ... (performer: "Fontana di Trevi")
 1987 Radio Days (performer: "The Flight of the Bumblebee" (1899-1900))
 1986 Hannah and Her Sisters (performer: "You Made Me Love You", "I've Heard That Song Before")
 1980 Raging Bull (music: "Two O'Clock Jump" (1939), "Flash" (1939)) / (performer: "Two O'Clock Jump" (1939), "All or Nothing at All" (1940), "Flash" (1939))
 1980 The First 40 Years (TV Special) (performer: "Two O'Clock Jump" - uncredited) / (writer: "Two O'Clock Jump" - uncredited)
 1971 The Steagle (performer: "It's Been a Long, Long Time")
 1970 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 11 September 1970 (1970) ... (writer: "I'm Beginning To See The Light")
 1970 Happy Days (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (1970) ... (performer: "Don't Be That Way" - uncredited)
 1967 Center Stage (TV Mini-Series) (music - 1 episode)
- The Barbara McNair and Duke Ellington Special (1967) ... (music: "I'm Beginning to See the Light")
 1961 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Trumpet Player (1961) ... (performer: "Flight Of The Bumblebee" - uncredited)
 1961 The Ladies Man (music: "Bang Tail") / (performer: "Bang Tail")
 1961 Glenn Miller Time (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.5 (1961) ... (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light" - uncredited)
 1960 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Episode #13.11 (1960) ... (music: "The Music Makers" - uncredited)
 1960 Peter Gunn (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Long, Long Ride (1960) ... (writer: "I'm Beginning To See the Light")
 1958 The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Lucy Wins a Race Horse (1958) ... (performer: "The Bayamo")
 1957 The Lux Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (1957) ... (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light" - uncredited)
 1956 The Opposite Sex (performer: "Young Man With a Horn" - uncredited)
 1956 The Benny Goodman Story (performer: "Shine", "Sing, Sing, Sing")
 1953 Harry James and His Music Makers (Short) ("La Virgen de la Macarena (The Brave Bulls)")
 1950 Young Man with a Horn (performer: "Shadow Waltz", "The Very Thought of You", "Baby Face", "Get Happy", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Silent Night, Holy Night", "Ain't She Sweet", "The Blue Room", "Can't We Be Friends?", "Tea for Two", "The Man I Love", "'S Wonderful", "Limehouse Blues", "Someone to Watch Over Me" - uncredited)
 1948 On Our Merry Way ("You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby", uncredited)
 1947 Carnegie Hall ("57th Street Rhapsody")
 1946 Home, Sweet Homicide (music: "As If I Didn't Have Enough on My Mind" - uncredited)
 1946 If I'm Lucky (performer: "Follow the Band", "If I'm Lucky", "Botocudo" - uncredited)
 1946 Do You Love Me (music: "AS IF I DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH ON MY MIND", "Back Beat Boogie" - uncredited)
 1945 Man from Oklahoma (writer: "I'm Beginning to See the Light" - uncredited)
 1944 Bathing Beauty (music: "Trumpet Blues and Cantabile" (1942), "Boogie Woogie" (uncredited)) / (performer: "I'll Take the High Note" (1943) (uncredited), "Trumpet Blues and Cantabile" (1942), "Hora Staccato" (1906) (uncredited))
 1944 The Shining Future (Short) (performer: "Sing, Sing. Sing" - uncredited)
 1943 Best Foot Forward (writer: "Two O'Clock Jump" (1939))
 1942 Springtime in the Rockies (writer: "Two O'Clock Jump")
 1937 New Faces of 1937 (lyrics: "Peckin'" (1936)) / (music: "Peckin'" (1936))
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Other Works:

TV commercial: demonstrated the strength of Kleenex tissue by playing his trumpet through a Kleenex while wife Betty Grable sang a jingle, in an early 1960s commercial.

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Band leaders must be like automobile manufacturers before the war. They must be bringing out new models all the time. We have to vary our programs, playing sweet numbers and jump numbers, and we have to play them different ways. See more »


Bought a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording at 6683 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. See more »

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