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Bangor University
Papers of Harry Parry, Bandleader

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS HRP

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Papers of Harry Parry, Bandleader

Short Title: Papers of Harry Parry, Bandleader

Creation date(s): 1925-1987

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 11 items

Name of creator(s): Harry Parry


Administrative/Biographical history: Harry Parry (1912-1956), jazz musician and bandleader, was born and educated at Bangor in north Wales. Between 1926 and 1934 he was employed as an instrument maker at the physics and chemistry departments of the University College of North Wales. A gifted musician, whose professional career began in Llandudno and later moved to the London club scene, he was an exponent of pure jazz and could play a variety of instruments. In 1941 he became leader of the Radio Rhythm Sextet and producer of the BBC radio programme Radio Rhythm Club. After the war he appeared in films and on television and also toured in India. He recorded extensively for the Parlophone label. For further details of his career, see Y Goriad, October-November, 1983, and 'Harry Parry - In Retrospect' by Rod Holcombe in Jazz Journal International, January 2004.


Scope and content/abstract: Comprises: school report, dated 1925, describing Owen Henry Parry as a born musician; letter and reference relating to Harry Parry's career at University College of North Wales; scrapbook of material illustrating his career in music, from c. 1939 until his death in 1956. They contain photographs, handbills, copies of the Columbia and Parlophone Record Guide. Also contains the words and music of the song Twenty Tiny Fingers, dated 1955; press cuttings (photocopies) relating to Harry Parry; list of recordings of Harry Parry deposited at the British Library's National Sound Archive by Mr and Mrs Taylor in 1987.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Material was received on separate occasions, is arranged according to type, then chronologically and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Conditions governing access: Open to all users

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 32686-32689, 35960-35963, 39082-39084


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Material was deposited at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor, by Eunice and Stanley Taylor of Cheshire, Harry Parry's sister and brother-in-law.


Publication note: Columbia and Parlophone Record Guide , October 1941, July and September 1942.


Note: Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, February 2002. Amended by Elen Wyn Simpson, March 2004.

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Band musicians | Great Britain
Jazz musicians | 20th century
Radio programmes, Musical | Great Britain | 20th century

Personal names
Parry , Harry

Corporate names
Columbia and Parlophone Record Guide
Radio Rhythm Club (BBC programme)
Radio Rhythm Club Sextet


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