Paul Harris RIP

It is with great sadness we have learned of the death of  Paul Harris, the well known UK photographer, writer and rock & roll, blues and R&B fan, who died, following a long illness, on 12th April, just short of his 81st birthday.
Always active, he enjoyed playing squash right up to his mid-seventies, but about three years ago, he developed a spinal cord illness which severely restricted his mobility, meaning he had to cut back on his photographic activities. A major spinal cord operation was only a partial success, and he was later found to have developed colon cancer, necessitating further operations to remove the tumours, leaving him depending on a colostomy bag. Some improvement ensued and it was thought his health had turned a corner, but unfortunately, following recent surgery to remove the colostomy, he suffered a relapse and sadly died.
Paul had been a regular contributor to Blues & Rhythm (and other magazines) almost from the start of publication of B&R. Over many years Paul created a considerable archive of his own photographs of rock and roll, blues, R&B, country and rockabilly artists taken in the UK, Europe and the USA, including many fantastic and historical photos of artists from New Orleans and Louisiana including Fats Domino, Professor Longhair etc.
He was very much a Fats Domino fan, visiting him at his home in New Orleans as well as having one of the prime Fats record collections in the land.
Paul’s photos were regularly used in B&R and other magazines, as well as in books, album and CD covers and booklets. He also contributed reviews, gig reports and articles to B&R as well as Juke Blues, Now Dig This and other specialist music magazines. He battled right to the end, sending B&R photos when ever he could.
Paul was a gentleman, always willing to help. He was familiar to many who will have seen him down at the front of the stage at countless gigs, concerts and festivals with an array of still and video cameras looking for that  perfect shot. He will be missed by his many friends at B&R and in the wider blues/R&B world and we send our condolences to his wife Veronica, son Kevin and other family members. Thanks to Dickie Tapp.

Photo is of Paul Harris with Fats Domino, 20th April, 1981 at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.

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MAHALIA JACKSON: Rare photo’s and posters from the Willy Leiser Collection

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