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Roy was born Harry Lipman in Stamford Hill, London, England, and began to study clarinet and alto saxophone at the age of 16. He and his brother Sidney formed a band which they called The Darnswells, with Harry on saxophone and clarinet and Sidney on piano. During the 1920s they performed in several prestige venues such as the Alhambra and the London Coliseum, under names such as The Original Lyrical Five and The Original Crichton Lyricals. They spent three years at the Café de Paris, and toured South Africa, Australia and Germany.

By the early 1930s, Harry Roy was fronting the band under his own name, and broadcasting from the Café Anglais and the Mayfair Hotel.[1] In 1931 he wrote and sang "My Girl's Pussy",[2] which has since been the subject of many cover versions and remakes. In 1935 he married Elizabeth Brooke, daughter of the white Rajah of Sarawak, with whom he appeared in two musical films, Rhythm Racketeer (1937) and Everything Is Rhythm (1940).[1]

During the war years, Roy toured with his band, Harry Roy's Tiger Ragamuffins.[3] He was at the Embassy Club in 1942, and a little later, toured the Middle East, entertaining troops. In 1948, Roy traveled to the United States but was refused a work permit. Returning to England, he reformed his band and scored a hit with his recording of "Leicester Square Rag".[1]

By the early 1950s the big band era had come to an end. Roy's band split up, but he still drifted in and out of the music scene. In the 1950s he ran his own restaurant, the Diners' Club, but it was destroyed by fire. In 1969 Roy returned to music, leading a quartet in the London Lyric Theatre's show Oh Clarence, but he was by then in failing health. He died in London in February 1971.[1]



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UK HARRY ROY - STEPPIN OUT AT MIDNIGHT - DECCA F 41009

HARRY ROY - STEPPIN OUT AT MIDNIGHT - DECCA F 41009

1103 HARRY  ROY  &   BAND   STEPPIN  OUT  AT  MIDNIGHT BARREL  HOUSE  BOOGIE   DECCA     RECORDS   F 41009    UK   PRESSING  DISC   N- ...
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UK HARRY Roy - SWEET & SLOW - PARLOPHONE

HARRY Roy - SWEET & SLOW - PARLOPHONE

#278 HARRY  ROY  A .   SWEET  &  SLOW  B.   DONT  BE  AFRAID  TO  TELL ...
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USA HARRY ROY - DECCA 2339 - [ 707

HARRY ROY - DECCA 2339 - [ 707

78  RPM   HARRY  ROY        A .   MEMPHIS  BLUES    B.   LIMEHOUSE  BLUES   DECCA  2339 DISC  CONDITION      E+ LABELS   E SMALL STICKER ONE ...
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USA HARRY ROY - DECCA 845 - [ 706

HARRY ROY - DECCA 845 - [ 706

78  RPM   HARRY  ROY        A .   SOMEBODY  STOLE  MY  GAL  B.   CANADIAN  CAPERS   DECCA  845   DISC  CONDITION      E+ LABELS   E SMALL...
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UK Harry Roy - Believe it beloved - Parlophone F.177

Harry Roy - Believe it beloved - Parlophone F.177

4202 10 inch  78 rpm ARTIST: -  Harry Roy A.  Believe it , Beloved B.  Haunting me   FORMAT:...
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UK Harry Roy - Canadian Capers - Parlophone R.1505

Harry Roy - Canadian Capers - Parlophone R.1505

7209 10 inch  78 rpm ARTIST :    Harry Roy     1.   Canadian Capers 2.  Tiger Rag  ...
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UK Harry Roy - Corn Silk - Regal MR.3516

Harry Roy - Corn Silk - Regal MR.3516

7183 10 inch  78 rpm ARTIST :    Harry Roy    1.   Corn Silk 2.  The Hut - Sut Song   ...
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IRELAND Harry Roy - Minnie from Trinidad - Regal IZ 1165 Irish

Harry Roy - Minnie from Trinidad - Regal IZ 1165 Irish

4118 10 inch  78 rpm ARTIST: -  Harry Roy  A.  Minnie from Trinidad  B.  Iroquois   FORMAT:...
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UK Harry Roy - Sharing it all with you - Regal MR 3679

Harry Roy - Sharing it all with you - Regal MR 3679

4120 10 inch  78 rpm ARTIST: -  Harry Roy  A.  Sharing it all with you B.  Our back street is Broadway ...
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UK Harry Roy - Southpaw Special - Parlophone F.2126

Harry Roy - Southpaw Special - Parlophone F.2126

4178 10 inch  78 rpm ARTIST: -  Harry Roy  A.  Southpaw Special B.  A Gander on a meander   FORMAT:...
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