Harold Barlow

Harold Barlow (15 May 1915, Boston, Massachusetts – 15 February 1993, Manhasset, Long Island, New York) was an American songwriter, and later a consultant on plagiarism.

He studied violin at the University of Boston, graduating in 1937.

His song "The Things I Love" (1941) was recorded by Jimmy Dorsey, Dizzy Gillespie and Harry James. He served in World War II as a bandleader. Probably his best-known song was "I've Got Tears in My Ears" (1949) recorded by Homer and Jethro. He also wrote the English lyrics for "Mama", best known as a 1960 hit song for Connie Francis.

He then became a consultant on music plagiarism. His clients included George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Billy Joel, Peter, Paul and Mary, Neil Diamond and The Kingston Trio also The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Charlie Daniels.

He also compiled a series of musical reference works with Sam Morgenstern: A Dictionary of Musical Themes (New York: Crown, 1949), A Dictionary of Vocal Themes (New York: Crown, 1950), and A Dictionary of Opera and Song Themes (New York: Crown, 1966).

Birth and Death Data: Born May 15th, 1915, Died February 15th, 1993

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-062760 10-in. 3/14/1941 The things I love Barry Wood Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  
Victor BS-062774 10-in. 3/24/1941 The things I love Ruth Gaylor ; Teddy Powell Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-063832 10-in. 4/29/1941 You talk too much Charlie Barnet Orchestra ; Ford Leary Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-064015 10-in. 4/3/1941 The things I love Allan DeWitt ; Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-066469 10-in. 7/7/1941 I found you in the rain Eugenie Baird ; Tony Pastor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-067758 10-in. 9/8/1941 My foolish heart and I Ray Kellogg ; Sonny Dunham Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor D9VB-2035 10-in. 12/12/1949 I've got my tears in my ears (from lyin' on my back in my bed while I cry over you) Homer and Jethro Male vocal duet, with string band composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Barlow, Harold," accessed July 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101931.

Barlow, Harold. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101931.

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