Harold Spina (21 June 1906 – 18 July 1997) was an American composer of popular songs. His best-known work happened in the early 1930s, when he collaborated with lyricists Johnny Burke and Joe Young on songs such as "Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore", "You're Not the Only Oyster in the Stew", "My Very Good Friend the Milkman" (these two hits for Fats Waller), "Shadows on the Swanee", "The Beat of My Heart", "Now You've Got Me Doing It", and "I've Got a Warm Spot in My Heart for You". He also collaborated with lyricist John Elliot for several songs, including "It's So Nice To Have A Man Around The House" (made famous by Dinah Shore).
Birth and Death Data: Born June 21st, 1906, Died July 18th, 1997
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1951
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 48 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BRC-70214||10-in.||9/4/1931||Let's drift away on Dreamer's Bay||Bert Lown Hotel Biltmore Orchestra ; Elmer Feldkamp||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BSHQ-73026||10-in.||6/22/1932||We were only walking in the moonlight||Dick Robertson ; Ted Black Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-75353||10-in.||3/3/1933||H'ya duchess||Parker Gibbs ; Andrea Marsh ; Ted Weems Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male and female vocal solos and male vocal chorus||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-75530||10-in.||3/16/1933||The grass is gettin' greener all the time||LIttle Jack LIttle||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BS-76620||10-in.||7/11/1933||Louisiana lullaby||Leo Reisman Orchestra ; Howard Phillips||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-76738||10-in.||7/24/1933||Shadows on the Swanee||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-78319||10-in.||10/24/1933||Annie doesn't live here anymore||Ramona||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BS-78525||10-in.||11/9/1933||Annie doesn't live here any more||Mike Doty Orchestra ; Ward Silloway||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-81771||10-in.||3/2/1934||Oh! The pity of it all||Ramona||Female vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||BS-81987||10-in.||3/27/1934||The beat o' my heart||Park Avenue Boys ; Ramona||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-82355||10-in.||4/27/1934||I've got a warm spot in my heart for you||Hotel McAlpin Orchestra ; Sam Robbins ; Sydney Schiff||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-82356||10-in.||4/27/1934||The beat o' my heart||Hotel McAlpin Orchestra ; Sam Robbins||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-82373||10-in.||5/4/1934||The beat o' my heart||Pickens Sisters||Female vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BS-82510||10-in.||5/10/1934||I've got a warm spot in my heart for you||Isham Jones Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-84403||10-in.||9/25/1934||Irresistible||Jolly Coburn Orchestra ; Harold van Emburgh||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-84422||10-in.||9/28/1934||You're not the only oyster In the stew||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-85824||10-in.||4/12/1935||The image of you||Lee Bennett ; Jan Garber Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-88992||10-in.||6/24/1935||My very good friend the milkman||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-89382||10-in.||3/25/1935||Love dropped in for tea||Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-92599||10-in.||7/12/1935||My very good friend the milkman||Dolly Dawn ; George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Sonny Schuyler||Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet||composer|
|Victor||BS-92739||10-in.||7/18/1935||You're so darn charming||Frank Dailey ; Howard Du Lani ; Meadowbrook Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-92793||10-in.||7/31/1935||You're so darn charming||Little Ramblers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-92992||10-in.||8/20/1935||You're so darn charming||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-95503||10-in.||10/14/1935||Now you've got me doing it||Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-95528||10-in.||10/19/1935||Now you've got me doing it||California Ramblers ; Eddie Lloyd||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Spina, Harold," accessed September 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106383.
Spina, Harold. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106383.
"Spina, Harold." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 September 2021.
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