Harry “O”, as he is known, was born in New York City in 1950 and was raised in Harlem. At the age of 13, he taught himself how to play guitar. By the 1970's, Harry “O” was a regular at the East Village blues jams being held at Broadway Charlie’s and Dan Lynch’s; sitting in with some of New York’s better known blues guitarists such as, Jonathan Kalb and Jon Paris. In 1978, he joined The New York Sound Exchange, one of many show/dance bands in which he played over the years, working various hotel lounges 6 nights/week/48 weeks a year, all over the country. In 1994 after a 2 year stint with Sun recording artist Eddie Snow, he formed Oysters Rockefeller, a hard working Blues and R&B based Band. The year 2000 marked the beginning of a two year stay in Chicago, where Harry “O” had the opportunity to share the stage and play guitar with such blues notables as: Chico Banks, The Bel-Aires, Billy Branch, Phil Guy and the Machine, Michael Hill’s Blues Mob, Willie Kent and the Gents, Johnnie Marshall, John Primer, and Sonny Rhodes.
Harry Has been an S.I.T. String endorsing Artist for over ten years!
Harry"O": Chief cook and bottle washer
I have always been influenced by what I heard on the radio. As a young boy, growing up in Harlem (New York City), I was listening to the likes of Ray Charles, Frankie Limon and the teenagers, The Platters and The Drifters, as well as a variety of Doo-Whop singing groups
and maistream acts such as Mel Torrme, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Dean Martin and don't forget the current (at the time) Jazz based TV themes.
Later on The Ventures and Beach Boys from California became popular along with the British Invasion. After the Beatles I guess I was most influenced by the Blues based bands such as The Yardbirds, (Clapton, Beck and Page) which led to my studying the blues and later on Jazz
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 45 - 240 minutes
The average audience member will experience a performace by a professional entertainer with over 40 years of experience in a variety of entertainment situations.
From backyard parties to the stages of music festivals and state fairs, local bars and clubs to restaurants and hotels, from the chicken wire protected stages of the rural south to the coolest Blues bars in Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis, upscale Country Club weddings to backyard divorce parties, "Blues in the Schools" at an elementary school to "Happy Hour" at an assisted Living facility and from Christenings to a Blues Funeral service.
I've played every imaginable kind of gig and always left the clients satisfied that they hired the right man for the job.
A minimum 4X8 floor space, secure from the weather and an electrial outlet
Not much to say here. I can go with just an acoustic guitar and no equipment to a small PA with computerized backing tracks and wireless mic and electric guitar.
I can also add musicians to suit your needs. How about a duo, trio or a band consisting of Guitar, Bass, Drums and a Sax?
Partial Song List-
Johnny B. Goode
Long Tall Sally
King Of The Road
Knock On Wood
Bring It On Home
Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay
Save The Last Dance For Me
Under The Boardwalk
Up On The Roof
Ticket To Ride
You May Be Right
Just The Way You Are
Some kind of Wonderful
Black Magic Woman
Oye Como Va
Fly Me To The Moon
New York, New York
Beyond The Sea
Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars
The Girl From Ipanema
Sweet Home Chicago
Bright Lights, Big City
Big Boss Man
Everyday I Have The Blues
Me and Bobby McGee
Help Me Make It Through The Night
Hey Good Lookin’
Auld Lang Syne
Roll Out The Barrel
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
The Chrismas Song
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Bar/Lounge, Casino, Christmas Party, Club/Nightclub, Corporate Event, Cruise, Holiday Party, Hotel, Private Party, Restaurant, Wedding Reception
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