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|Don "Sugarcane" Harris
Harris performing in Hamburg, 1971
||Don Francis Bowman Harris
June 18, 1938|
Pasadena, California, United States
||November 30, 1999
Los Angeles, California, United States
||Rock and roll, R&B, jazz fusion
||Vocals, electric violin, violin, guitar, organ
||1960s - 1999
||Don and Dewey, Tupelo Chain Sex, Frank Zappa, Johnny Otis, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Pure Food and Drug Act
Don Francis Bowman Harris (June 18, 1938 – November 27, 1999), known as Don "Sugarcane" Harris, was an American rock and roll violinist and guitarist.
Harris was born and raised in Pasadena, California, and started an act called Don and Dewey with his childhood friend Dewey Terry in the mid 1950s. Although they were recorded by Art Rupe on his Specialty label, mostly utilizing the services of legendary drummer Earl Palmer, Don and Dewey didn't have any hits. However, Harris and Terry co-authored such early rock and roll classics as "Farmer John", "Justine", "I'm Leaving It Up to You", and "Big Boy Pete," all of which became hits for other artists.
Harris was given the nickname "Sugarcane" by bandleader Johnny Otis and it was to remain with him throughout his life.
After separating from Dewey Terry in the 1960s, Harris moved almost exclusively over to the electric violin. He was to reappear as a sideman with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Frank Zappa, most recognized for his appearances on Hot Rats, and on the Mothers of Invention albums Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Weasels Ripped My Flesh. His lead vocal and blues violin solo on a cover of Little Richard's "Directly From My Heart to You" on Weasels, and his extended solo on the lengthy "Little House I Used To Live In" on Weeny are considered highlights of those albums. Reportedly, he was rescued from a jail term by Zappa. Zappa had long admired Harris's playing and bailed him out of prison, resurrecting his career and ushering in a long period of creativity for the forgotten violin virtuoso. He played a couple of live concerts with Zappa's band in 1969.
During the early 1970s, Sugarcane fronted the Pure Food and Drug Act which included drummer Paul Lagos, guitarists Harvey Mandel and Randy Resnick, and bassist Victor Conte, who was the founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO). Conte replaced Larry Taylor who was the original bass player. His first solo album (with back cover art by underground poster artist Rick Griffin) is a forgotten masterpiece of blues, jazz, classical and funk compositions, and his 1973 live album Sugarcane's Got The Blues, recorded at the Berlin Jazz Festival show an accomplished musician at the top of his game.
In the 1980s, Sugarcane was a member of the Los Angeles-based experimental rock band Tupelo Chain Sex.
Harris died on November 27, 1999 in Los Angeles, California.
- Don „Sugarcane“ Harris – 1970
- Keep On Driving – 1971
- Fiddler On The Rock – 1971
- Choice Cuts – 1972
- Sugar Cane’s Got The Blues – 1973
- Keyzop – 1973
- Cup Full Of Dreams – 1974
- I’m On Your Case – 1974
- Key Stop – 1975
- Flashin' Time – 1976
- Anthology Volume One – 2001
- Cup Full Of Dreams CD – 2011
Don "Sugarcane" Harris - Keyzop (1975) - Amazing Jazz/Blues/Soul - Full Album
0:00 - Free Zone 6:55 - Q 12:27 - Lila Faye 19:00 - Feel The Pain 29:13 - Carlsbad 34:51 - Keyzop Bass -- Günter Lenz Drums -- Todd Canedy Guitar -- Volker K...
Don Sugarcane Harris, Sugar Cane's Got The Blues, USA, 1972, Jazz/Rock, Complete Album,
A1 Liz Pineapple Wonderful 7:53 A2 Sugarcane's Got the Blues 14:38 B1 Song for My Father 10:23 B2 Where's My Sunshine 11:25.
Don Sugarcane Harris - Nesia (Volker Kriegel)
MPS 1976 Bass -- Günter Lenz Drums -- Todd Canedy Guitar - Volker Kriegel Keyboards -- Dewey Terry Violin -- Don Sugarcane Harris.
Rory Gallagher, Sugarcane Harris and John Mayall - Texas Flood
On November 30, 1978 John Mayall joined Rory Gallagher on stage at the Starwood in Hollywood, California and jammed with Rory for nearly 40 minutes. In Part ...
DON SUGARCANE HARRIS - Cup full of dreams
Beginning his career as the guitar playing half of the 1950s rock duo, Don & Dewey, DON "SUGARCANE" HARRIS, put down the guitar and picked up the violin afte...
Don 'Sugarcane' Harris - Cup Full of Dreams HQ sound
Sugarcane Harris - Eleanor Rigby
Don "Sugarcane" Harris / Jean-Luc Ponty (+ others) - New Violin Summit (1971) - Full Album
Valium 0:00 Got My Mojo Working 10:34 Nuggis 19:46 Horizon 32:54 Flipping 40:44 Astrorama 51:00 Violin Summit Nr. II 1:01:53 Heinz Bähr - Design Joachim Bere...
Don Sugarcane Harris, Fiddler On The Rock, 1971, Blues Rock,
A1 Eleanor Rigby 9:36, A2 I'm Gonna Miss You 4:50,
Don ''Sugarcane'' Harris - Don't you think I've paid enough
Don ''Sugarcane'' Harris Don't you think I've paid enough.
Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:56:15 -0700
Some of the most famous include Eric Clapton, Kal David, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Harvey Mandel, Aynsley Dunbar, Walter Trout, and Coco Montoya. He has a number of albums, many of ...
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:52:30 -0700
1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first show at the Monterey Pop Festival. Hendrix famously lights his guitar on fire to close the show. 1968 - An adaptations of John Lennon's In His Own Write premiers at London's National Theatre. 1974 ...
Something Else! Reviews
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 06:07:03 -0700
... from the advanced recording techniques, to the intricate arrangements (especially the shorter pieces, like the evergreen classic “Peaches En Regalia”) to a using a group of first-rate musicians like Jean-Luc Ponty, Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Ian ...
Sun, 09 Nov 2014 22:40:35 -0800
ค่อนข้างน่าเสียดายกับการที่มือไวโอลินไฟฟ้า Don “Sugarcane” Harris ถูกถอดออกจากการทำงานสตูดิโอชุดนี้. การบันทึกเสียง “Memories” สตูดิโออัลบั้มชุดที่ 2 ในสหรัฐชุดนี้ใช้เวลาเพียง 3 วัน ระหว่างวันที่ 7-9 กรกฎาคม โดยได้ Jim Hobson ศิลปินอัจฉริยะที่เล่นเครื่องดนตรีได้นับชิ้นไม่ถ้วน ...
Ultimate Classic Rock
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:12:53 -0700
Otis is widely regarded for his guitar work on sessions with his father — Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame R&B pioneer Johnny Otis — as well as Al Kooper, Etta James, Charles Brown, Frank Zappa, Chico Hamilton, Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Mos Def and many ...
Fri, 04 Jan 2013 08:18:45 -0800
He has won praise as a guitarist on projects with artists as diverse as his father, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame R&B pioneer Johnny Otis (1921-2012), Al Kooper, Etta James, Charles Brown, Frank Zappa, Chico Hamilton, Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Mos Def, and ...
Mon, 02 Sep 2013 04:04:10 -0700
He's the son of late R&B pioneer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Johnny Otis and grew up learning from guitar legends like Don "Sugarcane" Harris and Al Kooper, just a couple of the artists who walked into his father's home studio. "I was there before ...
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Thu, 07 Mar 2013 06:33:33 -0800
... Walter Trout, Larry "The Mole" Taylor, American harmonica player Paul Butterfield, Mark Almond's Jon Mark, Johnny Almond, Mothers of Invention and Whitesnake drummer Aynsley Dunbar, Mothers of Invention violinist Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Colosseum ...
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