Harold Barlow (songwriter)

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Harold Barlow (15 May 1915, Boston, Massachusetts - 15 February 1993, Manhasset, Long Island, New York) was an American songwriter, and later a consultant on plagiarism.

He studied violin at the University of Boston, graduating in 1937.

His song "The Things I Love" (1941) was recorded by Jimmy Dorsey, Dizzy Gillespie and Harry James. He served in World War II as a bandleader. Probably his best-known song was "I've Got Tears in My Ears" (1949) recorded by Homer and Jethro. He also wrote the English lyrics for "Mama", best known as a 1960 hit song for Connie Francis.

He then became a consultant on music plagiarism.[citation needed] His clients included George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Billy Joel, Peter, Paul and Mary, Neil Diamond and The Kingston Trio.[citation needed]

He also compiled a series of musical reference works with Sam Morgenstern: A Dictionary of Musical Themes (New York: Crown, 1949), A Dictionary of Vocal Themes (New York: Crown, 1950), and A Dictionary of Opera and Song Themes (New York: Crown, 1966).

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