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Later in 1930 the trio joined Gus Arnheim whose orchestra was very popular on the west coast and played out of Los Angeles’ prestigious Cocoanut Grove. It was with the Arnheim group that Crosby had his first big hit as a soloist in 1931 with the Barris / Gordon Clifford composition, “I Surrender Dear.”
When Bing left to pursue a solo career, Barris sang for Jimmie Grier, led bands of his own, and continued to compose. He appeared in small roles in dozens of films, often without credit as a musician or bandleader. He also entertained troops during WWII with comedian Joe E. Brown. Another of his famous compositions is “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams” written with Ted Koehler and Billy Moll and recorded by Crosby in 1931.
In 1943 The Rhythm Boys were reunited for the last time on Paul Whiteman Presents.
- Sandra Burlingame
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Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams-the Early Years, 1903-1940
Back Bay Books
Arthur Freed, Harry Barris, Frances Langford
It Was so Beautiful (And You Were Mine) with a Photograph of Frances Langford on Front Cover
De Silva, Brown and Henderson
Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Brian Donlevy, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, J. Carrol Naish, Jack Teagarden, Harry Barris
Birth Of The Blues/Blue Skies - Double Feature
James Cagney, Evelyn Daw, William Frawley, Mona Barrie, Gene Lockhart, Harry Barris
Something to Sing About
Harry Barris plays a bandleader in "Here Come the Waves"
Bing Crosby Box Set (1999)
The Paul Whiteman Orchestra including Bing Crosby and the Rhythm Boys
The King of Jazz (1930)
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