Don "Sugarcane" Harris
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Born: 06/18/1938, Pasadena, CA;
Died: 11/30/1999, South Los Angeles, CA.
Violin and Vocals.
Studied classical violin at college.
Initially used the name Don Bowman but reverted to Don Harris around 1957.
Formed The Squires (sometimes recorded as The Bluejays) with Dewey Terry in the mid 1950's recording several singles for the Vita label. During the late 1950's and early 1960's performed as Don & Dewey, releasing singles on the Specialty and Fidelity labels.
Toured with Johnny Otis in the late 50's. Itwas Otis who gave him the nickname "Sugarcane". Recorded for Johnny Otis's Eldo label in 1960 and made a Beatles "tribute" with Larry Williams and Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Dewey Terry in 1964. From the mid 1960's he did many sessions with artists such as Little Richard, Johnny Otis, John Mayall and Frank Zappa
"Sugarcane" provided violin and/or vocal for:
- Hot Rats
- Burnt Weeny Sandwich
- Weasels Ripped My Flesh
- Chunga's Revenge
- Apostrophe (')
- The Lost Episodes.
Mentioned during "Star Special", FZ as a guest DJ on BBC Radio 1 in 1980.