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Harry Stoneham
Harry (* 1930 in West Ham) started learning the piano at an early age. He studied at the London College of Music and switched his attention to the organ in 1962.
 
During the 1960s he worked with several name bands - notably Johnny Howard's - and enjoyed playing any kind of music, if it's good. "I like to break up the TV film and recording sessions by working on cruise-liners and in clubs; for me, entertaining 'live' is still the most important aspect of show-business: recording studios lack atmosphere!".
 
Harry was perhaps most well known for his appearances on the BBC Terry Wogan and Michael Parkinson talk shows as musical director.
 
The Terry Wogan show was generally broadcast live from BBC Television Theatre in Shepherd's Bush, London until 1991. It was then broadcast from the BBC Television Centre. Some shows were pre-recorded, but broadcast unedited, 'as live'. Wogan ended its run in July 1992. Harry Stoneham and his group provided the musical backing for many of Terry's guests as he did for Michael Parkinson.
 
Outside the BBC studios Harry Stoneham avoided the public eye to the extent of keeping his telephone number and home address private.He died in 2018.
 
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Discography
Hammond Sounds Relaxing
Drum Records DRUM8099
released 1974
Harry Stoneham, Hammond organ
Dick Abel, guitar
Pete Morgan, bass
Chris Karan, drums

 
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