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Harry Bidgood

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Harry Bidgood
Birth nameHenry Bidgood
Born(1898-08-29)29 August 1898
London, England
Died15 November 1957(1957-11-15) (aged 59)
GenresJazz, British dance band
LabelsRex, Imperial, Decca
Associated actsBob and Alf Pearson, Vera Lynn, Sam Browne, Sam Costa, Donald Peers, Cavan O'Connor

Henry "Harry" Bidgood (29 August 1898 – 15 November 1957),[1] was an English composer, dance band leader and musical director for films.[2]

Born in London, England in 1898,[3] he studied at the Royal College of Music. Bidgood released dance band music under various names, mostly notably Primo Scala and his Accordion Band,[3] who issued over 200 sides on 78rpm.[4][1] Over the course of 20 years, he would frequently broadcast on the BBC. In 1930, he and his band covered Amy, Wonderful Amy, a song about Amy Johnson.[5] Bidgood was also the musical director for numerous films, including several starring George Formby. Apart from the many recordings made under his own name, he also led accordion bands under the names 'Rossini' and 'Don Porto'. As 'Primo Scala', he broadcast regularly on Music While You Work, until just before his death. Many of these sessions were directed by deputies, such as Ernest Penfold, owing to Bidgood being in and out of hospital.

He died in November 1957, at the age of 59, having been diagnosed with inoperable stomach cancer.[1]


  1. ^ Huntley, John (1972). British Film Music. Volume 2 of Literature of cinema. 195. p. 247. ISBN 0-405-03897-6.CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 2200. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  3. ^ "Primo Scala and his Accordion Band". Nme.com.
  4. ^ "AMY - Lyrics - International Lyrics Playground". Lyricsplayground.com. Retrieved 9 October 2021.
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