Richard Harris

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
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Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s


Richard St. John Harris, 1 October 1930, Limerick, Eire, d. 25 October 2002, London, England. Although better-known as an actor, Harris nonetheless drew praise for his starring role as King Arthur in the film musical Camelot in 1967. The following year he began a recording career upon meeting US songwriter Jimmy Webb, the first fruit of which was ‘MacArthur Park’. This lengthy, melodramatic composition reached the US and UK Top 5 with sales in excess of one million and drew its appeal from a contrast between the singer’s cracked vocal and a sweeping, sumptuous backing. Webb’s florid wordplay, meanwhile, attracted praise and derision in equal measure. The Harris/Webb partnership was maintained on A Tramp Shining, and The Yard Went On Forever, but subsequent singles, including the haunting ‘Didn’t We’, failed to match the success of the first release. The singer scored a US Top 50 entry with ‘My Boy’ in 1970, and appeared...

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