Harry Roy

(1900—1971) bandleader and clarinettist

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b. Harry Lipman, 12 January 1900, London, England, d. 1 February 1971, London, England. Influenced by a visit to the UK by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1919, Roy and his brother Sidney formed a dance band, the Darnswells, with Harry on saxophone and clarinet and Sidney on piano. During the 20s, under various names such as the Original Lyrical Five and the Original Crichton Lyricals, the combination played prestige venues including the Alhambra, the London Coliseum, and spent three years at the Café de Paris. They also toured South Africa, Australia and Germany and had a four-month spell in Paris. By the early 30s Roy was fronting the band under his own name, broadcasting successfully from the Café Anglais and the Mayfair Hotel and working the variety circuit. In 1935 he married Miss Elizabeth Brooke, daughter of the white Rajah of Sarawak, nicknamed Princess Pearl, and appeared to good effect with her in two film-musicals, Rhythm Racketeer (1937) and Everything Is Rhythm (1940).


From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

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