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Clothes Line (Wrap It Up)
by songwriter Kent Harris, as Boogaloo and his Gallant Crew
Kent Harris (1930 to 2019) was an American songwriter and record producer. Kent Levaughn Harris was born on October 15th 1930 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, but was raised in San Diego, California. He first recorded in 1954 for 'Trend Records' singing the track "1992" (as 'Ducky Drake'), which was on the B-side of a record by his sister Dimples called "Hey Mr. Jelly" (his sisters Marcene, Beverly and Betty Harris also recorded together, as 'The Harris Sisters'). Following this, he changed his stage name to 'Boogaloo', and recorded the featured song "Clothes Line (Wrap It Up)" for 'Crest Records', with his backing group 'Gallant Crew' (they were later renamed "Shoppin' For Clothes"). However, after two singles for the label failed to gain any interest, Harris abandoned his recording ambitions in favour of a career behind the scenes. As a songwriter, he is listed with 97 songs in the BMI database, and wrote for artists recording on such imprints as 'Atlantic', 'Capitol', 'RCA' and 'Columbia'. In 1960, he formed his own label, 'Romark Records', and eventually went into record retailing, running the 'Target' record store in Los Angeles. He also produced records for several artists in the 1960s and 1970s, such as "Stick Shift" by 'The Duals' in 1961 and "So Far Away" by Hank Jacobs in 1963 (both records were released on 'Sue Records') and others for Adolph Jacobs, Jimmy Ellis and The Mighty Hannibal on his own label. He co-produced a record in 1972 called "Who's The Blame" with Young Jessie (known then as 'Obie Jessie and The Seeds Of Freedom') on 'Stone Dogg Records'. Other songs written by Harris included "Fat Sally" by 'The Sevilles', "Lover Supreme" by Prentice Moreland, "I'll Come Back To You" by Dorothy Berry, "Tell Her For Me" by Jimmy Norman, "Oh! My Aching Back" by H B Barnum and "The Big Rip Off" by 'The Coasters'. He managed (and married) the 'soul' singer Ty Karim and produced many of her records until she sadly died from breast cancer in 1983 (their daughter Karime Harris is also a singer, with the 'funk' group 'The Killer Meters'). His last-known work in the business was when he produced and co-wrote several songs for the soundtrack to the 2007 comedy movie "Norbit". Kent Harris died from cancer at his home in southern California on April 16th 2019, aged 88.
Posted: 18th May 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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