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Harry Richman

Though his fame didn't outlast the Depression era, Harry Richman was one of the top entertainers of the Jazz Age, a nightclub act with a flamboyant style often compared to Al Jolson. A period star of Broadway and the silver screen, he also earned notices for his hobby, aviation; he set a world record for altitude in 1935, and made the first transatlantic round trip in a single-engine plane. Born Harold Reichman, he started in vaudeville -- with a two-man act, as a comedian, and then with a song-and-dance number -- and played theaters from Chicago to San Francisco. Moving east by the early '20s, he and his piano backed Nora Bayes and Mae West, and his Broadway debut came in 1922's Queen o' Hearts.

Richman's real breakout came in 1926; George White's Scandals of 1926 became a big hit, thanks in large part to his popular performance, "Birth of the Blues," recorded for Vocalion. Despite a few (comparative) flops the following year, he introduced a pair of prize-winning standards: "Blue Skies" and "I'm on the Crest of a Wave." Back on top by 1930, Richman earned the biggest hit of his career, courtesy of the film Puttin' on the Ritz. The title song became one of the most popular songs of the year, while "There's Danger in Your Eyes, Cherie" also earned praise. Later that year, Richman returned to Broadway for International Revue, and introduced two more chestnuts, "Exactly Like You" and "On the Sunny Side of the Street."

Harry Richman's Broadway farewell occurred in 1934, and though his aviator prowess occasionally gained more headlines than his musical career, he kept busy recording during the '30s and '40s. He also became a respected songwriter, known for contributing to the careers of two great performers: Django Reinhardt ("Miss Annabelle Lee") and Bessie Smith ("Muddy Water"). He died in 1972. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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His autobiograph y is a good read. I love his style...tran s p o r t s me back in time!
This guy cracks me up every time, but I can't help loving him. So maudlin, yet sincere.
My all time favorite performers.. !
Although compared to Jolson, Harry Richman had a Unique style, character, charisma, and Voice that made a person want to be his Friend. Listen to any of his songs, and it'll warm your heart, and often, you'll find yourself with a smile because of it. Harry Richman took a song, made it a gift, that seemed only presented for You. Most of the 78 RPM crowd, of which I'm a part of, and know well, hold a special stage in their Hearts for Harry. Harry Richman was/is, a Real American Treasure.
his rendition of ALONE is a hall of famer, the best i have heard
Love this guy ♥
I'd not heard of Harry Richman until I found him on Pandora. I like his voice and style. Thanks for putting him on your site Pandora.
wow this man has one of the best voices next to Dean Martin, and has the musical talent of no one i have heard before

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