Johnny Harris

Born: November 7th, 1932, Edinburgh (Scotland, United Kingdom)
Died: March 21st, 2020, Palm Springs Ca. (United States)
Nationality: British

Scottish-born Johnny Harris studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London. He became a much sought-after composer, arranger, producer, and conductor in the 1960s. In ’65, he was contracted by PYE records, for which he arranged six albums of Shirley Bassey and her hit songs ‘Something’ and ‘Never, never, never’. He worked extensively as a musical director for BBC Television, accompanying the likes of Georgie Fame and Petula Clark. In 1968-’69, he conducted the music for a BBC show series, ‘Happening for Lulu’. He composed movie scores, amongst which ‘Fragment of fear’ (1970) and ‘I want what I want’ (1972). Harris emigrated to the United States in 1972 and has lived there ever since.

In 1969, Lulu was given the opportunity to sing for the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest. Johnny Harris was the musical director of the selection show in Britain in which she presented the songs, from which the audience could choose a winner. Subsequently, he travelled to the contest in Madrid with Lulu to conduct the Spanish orchestra during her rendition of ‘Boom-bang-a-bang’. This song became one of four winners that year, tying for first place with the entries from the Netherlands, Spain, and France.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Johnny Harris will be published on this website



Songs conducted
1969: Boom bang-a-bang