- Real Name: Anita Harris
- Birth Date: 3rd June 1942
- Birth Place: Midsomer Norton, Somerset
One of Anita’s songs was a cover of the 1931 tune “Dream A Little Dream Of Me” which was popularized by Ozzie Nelson’s Orchestra [father of Ricky Nelson] in ’31. It charted in 1968 at the same time that the Mamas and the Papas had a hit with it. Though her version peaked at 33, it could have been written for her as it showcased her great voice and style. “The release of the Mama Cass single of “Dream a Little Dream of Me” prompted a cover by Anita Harris which was recorded at Olympic Studios in a session produced by Mike Margolis with Alan Tew as musical director. Released 26 July 1968, the Harris version debuted in the UK Top 50 dated 10 August 1968. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_a_Little_Dream_of_Me
Cass Eliot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajwnmkEqYpo
‘The release of the Mama Cass single of “Dream a Little Dream of Me” prompted a cover by Anita Harris which was recorded at Olympic Studios in a session produced by Mike Margolis with Alan Tew as musical director. Released 26 July 1968, the Harris version debuted in the UK Top 50 dated 10 August 1968 at #46 ahead of the Cass version at #49 although the latter would vault into the Top 30 and then Top 20 over the next two weeks while the Harris version would never reach the Top 30.’ Of course, though several have covered the tune, the 1931 version featuring Ozzie Nelson’s band was popular though a bit dated.
Anita Harris – (1968) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6ykUgrG0eA http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2905046/Sixties-star-Anita-Harris-declared-bankrupt-tens-thousands-pounds-unpaid-tax.html https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=422740541206276&set=vb.101143543365979&type=2&theater http://www.britishpathe.com/video/out-takes-cuts-from-cp-600-golf-ball-manufacture/query/ASSEMBLING
Anita Harris became a family friend to the Bonici and Ruggeri families and many who came to dance at the Two Red Shoes remember her fondly. She sang with the backing of Alex. Sutherland’s house band besides the tour to promote 3’s Company. I find it curious that the pay per night was adjusted from £175 to £105. Also, it’s interesting to note how musicians and entertainers were paid based on their portfolios. The Beatles were paid £42 per night when Love Me Do made it into the top 20 in Amsterdam and £300 later in the year. https://scotbeat.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/beatles-tour-contract-nov63/