Bill Harty

William John "Bill" Harty (1899-1959) was an Irish born jazz drummer.

Born in Waterford in Ireland in 1899, Harty moved to Birmingham in England after World War I and took up the drums while working for the Dunlop Tyre Company. He played with various local bands on the early Birmingham jazz scene before deputising with an American band at the Birmingham Palais. He toured around Europe for much of the 1920s before returning to England to play with bands led by Harry Shalson, Al Starita, Jean Pougnet, Bill Gerhardi, Percival Mackey, Arthur Lally and Lew Stone. In 1934 he became the manager of Ray Noble's band, sailing to the United States with Noble later that year. He remained as Noble's manager into the 1950s.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1899, Died 1959

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1932 - 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca GB 4889 10-in. 9/14/1932 I heard Nat Gonella and his Trumpet instrumentalist, drums  
Decca GB 5174 10-in. 11/15/1932 Rockin' chair Nat Gonella and his Trumpet instrumentalist, drums  
Decca GB 5175 10-in. 11/15/1932 When you're smiling Nat Gonella and his Trumpet instrumentalist, drums  
Decca GB 5627 10-in. 3/3/1933 Sing (it's good for ya) Nat Gonella and his Trumpet instrumentalist, drums  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Harty, Bill," accessed January 18, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/320318.

Harty, Bill. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 18, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/320318.

"Harty, Bill." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 18 January 2022.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/320318

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