Harris, Lester 1973-12-13

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Lester Harris discusses his early years as a musician and bandleader.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Lester Harris

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Date: December 13, 1973

Location: Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 1 hour, 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Gives information on father and mother and their involvement with music, Recalls his first experiences with music and bands, Lists different instruments played, Relates tour with carnival, Work with different shows mentioned, Discusses band played with during World War I.

Tape 1, Side 2: Continues discussion of Army band, Relates demise of band and discharge from Army, Organization of new band recalled, Mentions wages and salaries, Entertainment at Majestic Theater in Dallas discussed, Supervisory position held over Interstate theaters.

Tape 2, Side 1: Discusses orchestras on Broadway, Effects of Depression mentioned, Relates incident with a boss over wage cut, Beginning of school of music recalled, Comments on band played with during World War II, Reports on big band era, Composition of band discussed, Mentions jobs and bookings.

Tape 2, Side 2: Describes one particular job, One of band’s best songs discussed, Mentions possible alternative job offers, Competitive "big name" musicians recalled, Band activities following World War II.

Range Dates: c.1910-c.1950

Bulk Dates: 1917-c.1950

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