Norman Harris

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Norman Harris (October 14, 1947 – March 20, 1987) was an American guitarist, producer, arranger and songwriter, closely associated with Philly soul.

He was a founding member of MFSB, the Philadelphia studio band, and one of the production trio of Baker-Harris-Young. He was a leading arranger for Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International label in its early years during the 1970s and also played guitar on many recording sessions. He later founded his own production company in the late 1970s called The Harris Machine. In 1980, he released his only solo album, "The Harris Machine" on Philadelphia International.

He arranged and produced a host of soul and R&B acts during the late 60s, 70s and 80s, including Eddie Kendricks, Blue Magic (with whom he had his biggest success, "Sideshow", a #1 R&B hit), First Choice, The Trammps, The Whispers, The Temptations, Four Tops, Joe Simon, Barbara Mason, The Dells, Curtis Mayfield and his cousin, former member of The Delfonics, Major Harris. He also produced several acts, including Loleatta Holloway, Eddie Holman, the Salsoul Orchestra, Double Exposure and Love Committee, for Salsoul Records, who distributed his subsidiary label, Gold Mind Records.

He died of cardiovascular disease.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Soul From the Cities, Volume 1: Philadelphia Various Artists 1
2004 Norman Jay Presents Philadelphia: The Underground Anthems of Philadelphia Soul 1973-1981 Norman Jay 1
2008 Nova Le Grand Mix Various Artists 1
2010 Jazzy Vibes - Soulful Jazz Licks From the 70s Various Artists 1
2012 Philadelphia International: The 40th Anniversary Box Set Various Artists 1

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