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Roy S. Harte (May 27, 1924 – October 26, 2003) was an American jazz drummer and co-founder of Nocturne Records and Pacific Jazz Records. In partnership with Remo Belli, the founder and namesake of internationally famous drumhead manufacturer Remo, he founded "Drum City," a well-known retail drum shop on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California.[1][2] Harte appeared in Leedy drums endorsement ads in the late 1950s to early 1960s.

Selected discography[]

As leader[]

  • Perfect Percussion: The 44 Instruments of Roy Harte & Milt Holland, World-Pacific Records (1961)

As sideman[]

  • Bobby Sherwood
  • Billie Rogers
  • George Paxton
  • Ike Carpenter
  • Vido Musso
  • Ziggy Elman
  • Dave Pell
  • Les Brown
  • Nappy Lamare
  • Shorty Rogers
  • Randy Newman
  • Herb Geller
  • Laurindo Almeida - Laurindo Almeida Quartet Featuring Bud Shank (Pacific Jazz, 1953-54)
  • Steve White
  • Herbie Harper
  • Bud Shank - Bud Shank - Shorty Rogers - Bill Perkins (Pacific Jazz, 1955)
  • Bob Enevoldsen
  • Harry Babasin
  • Peggy Connelly
  • The Nash Brothers (Dick & Ted)
  • Murray McEachern
  • The Mastersounds
  • Earl Grant
  • Percussion Unabridged
  • Frank Capp
  • Del Bennett
  • Jackie Kelso
  • Jimmy Wyble
  • John Banister
  • Arnold Ross
  • Willie Nelson


  1. Claghorn, Charles Eugene (1974). Biographical Dictionary of American Music. Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0130763310.
  2. Claghorn, Charles Eugene (1982). Biographical Dictionary of Jazz. Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0130779663.

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