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The Arts Foundation Of Olde Towne is a neighborhood based, Arts & Humanities incubator that serves to host and produce projects that are about, or initiated by residents from the Near East Area of the City Of Columbus, Ohio.

Harris Steele


Harris Steele

Group: The Harmonaires
Description: Previous to WWII, there was an airplane factory on the East Side of Columbus, near the public airport, called Curtiss-Wright, later called North American Rockwell. In 1941 two janitors were overheard singing by their supervisor, who encouraged them to form a group. The group grew to twelve men who became the singing ambassadors for Curtiss-Wright, during WWII. They made weekly appearances on WLW in Cincinnati as the Harmonaires. The group had a repertoire of over 500 songs and eventually toured all over the country. The Harmonaires appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show" when is was on radio and were part of the first network television broadcast. The group went to Hollywood and worked in a film called One Drink Too Many. The Harmonaires performed together until 1975.
Pictured L-R: Harris Steele, Lawrence McGee, Edward Ritchie, Ray Repono, Charles Rickman, Dave Newlin, J. Leroy Bowen, Fugate Page, Calvin Ward, Walter Willis, George Boswell, Harold "Ham" Clark, Ragland Reed
From the collection of: J. Leroy Bowen

For a glossy print of this image refer to ID# ARC07-40

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