Harry Balk

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Top of pageBottom of page   By acooolcat ( - on Tuesday, December 04, 2001 - 02:38 pm:

I've sent David a couple of scans of Harry Balk's labels and I'm sure they'll appear on site very shortly. Does anyone know who Nabay was? I see Bob Babbit's (real) name on the disc.
Maybe they were cut at TS? Any info?
Cheers, Graham

Top of pageBottom of page   By Dave Moore ( - on Tuesday, December 04, 2001 - 06:52 pm:

As far as I know (Read it in a The History of Grapevine (UK) Records, UK Record Collector Mag around 1989/90). Narbay was of Arab (Lebanese, if my memory serves me right) descent. Apparently he was owed some money by Harry(?)who offered to record him in order to cancel the debt. The record was discovered for the UK Northern scene by John Anderson as far as I know.
I wish I was in UK with my records and notes as I could confirm all this. (Altzhiemers setting in!!)



Top of pageBottom of page   By thecount ( - on Sunday, May 26, 2002 - 12:56 am:

Going through some of my albums that I never wrote down on my inventory,Here is a rather rare one(this should be under Novelty) Big Top#1306--Mad Magazine/Fink Along With Mad. Steve "The Count"

Top of pageBottom of page   By M.McLeanTech ( - on Sunday, May 26, 2002 - 02:31 am:

I remember a record that Harry probably had a hand in: "The Swiss Maid" sung by Del Shannon on Big Top label.

When this record came out, I fell in love with it. That backup vocal group was out of sight!

I have a mint condition 45 of it here that I purchased when it was near the top of the charts.

Mike McLean

Top of pageBottom of page   By thecount ( - on Sunday, May 26, 2002 - 12:21 pm:

HI Mike,"The Swiss Maid"By Del Shannon was a kool tune by all means,not a very good dance tune but a very well composed and listening pleasure song.The song was a Roger Miller song originialy,the back up singers were the GOURGOUS "YOUNG SISTERS",and the song was recorded in Nashville,Tenn.The Youngsisters did so much back round vocals for so many groups,with so little credit and reconition.They deserve so much more then what they were givin.Someday I would like to post all the songs they were a part of,all great songs and even on "Insturmentasls.. "Swiss Maid" had the talented best in the music back-up with,Dennis Coffee(guitar)Bill Knight(guitar)Bob Babbit(bass guitar)Markus Terry(drums) and of course the great MAX CROOK on (keyboards,The Muisitron) Del's music was always a great singer and always had the best lineup of talent behind him.To this day all over the world,no oldies weekend or show is complete without the smash,"RUNAWAY". I played drums at many record hops for Del when he would want a band to play along with him while promoting what ever song was on the charts at the time .I was with the 5ive Invictas.Someday I'd like to post what happened when Del was at a hop and asked the DJ,Clarke Reid to keep us up there to back him up,and the song was "The Swiss Maid" Be kool Mike, Steve "The Count"

Top of pageBottom of page   By M.McLeanTech ( - on Sunday, May 26, 2002 - 01:45 pm:

Holy cow, Count!

Now that was one hum-dinger of a response to my little offering! Seems like half the folks currently active on the forum played on that tune: Coffee, Babbit, and I'll bet more that I don't recognize. Perhaps I should figure out how to post a shuffle board game on the forum, since it is looking more and more like we are actually in a musical "Sun City" (retirement development.)

I remember one occasion at Hitsville where Del Shannon came to the studio for a recording session. I cannot recall if Harry Balk was there, but I would imagine so. I was very much aware of the status of Del Shannon at the time, and I made it a point to engage him in conversation. I can still picture that moment in my mind. Of course this is small potatoes compared to your memories of him.

Thank you for your very interesting and enjoyable response.

Mike McLean

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