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 15, 1915, Died February 15, 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 January 23, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101931.
Barlow, Harold. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 23, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101931.
"Barlow, Harold." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 23 January 2022.
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