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Harry Connick, Jr.

With very few exceptions, the career of Harry Connick, Jr., can be divided in half -- his first two albums encompassed straight-ahead New Orleans jazz and stride piano while his later career (which paralleled his rising celebrity status) alternated between more contemporary New Orleans music and pop vocals with a debt to Frank Sinatra. Born in New Orleans on September 11, 1967, Connick grew up the son of two lawyers who owned a record store. After beginning on keyboards at the age of three, he first performed publicly at six and recorded with a local jazz band at ten. Connick attended the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and studied with Ellis Marsalis and James Booker. A move to New York to study at Hunter College and the Manhattan School of Music gave him the opportunity to look up a Columbia Records executive who had asked to see him, and Connick's self-titled album debut -- a set of mostly unaccompanied standards -- appeared in 1987. Jazz critics praised Connick's maturity and engaging style as well as his extended stays at New York hot spots during the year. His second album, named for his age in 1988, was the first to feature him on vocals.

Already well known within jazz circles, Connick entered the American consciousness with the soundtrack to 1989's popular film When Harry Met Sally. Director Rob Reiner had asked Connick to compose a soundtrack, and he recorded several warm standards ("It Had to Be You," "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore") with a big-band backing. A world tour followed, and When Harry Met Sally eventually reached double-platinum status. With Connick a major celebrity, he diverged into an acting career, playing a tail gunner in 1990's Memphis Belle. That same year, he released two albums simultaneously: one, We Are in Love, was another vocal outing with similar standards as had appeared on When Harry Met Sally, while Lofty's Roach Souffle was all-instrumental. (Of course, the vocal album performed much better in the pop charts, hitting double platinum, while the instrumentals worked better with jazz audiences.) Connick toured again, this time with a big band, and recorded the group on 1991's Blue Light, Red Light. Though his celebrity decreased slightly during the mid-'90s, Connick's albums continued to reach platinum status, including 1992's 25, a 1993 Christmas album, and 1994's She. Connick continued his acting work with a starring role in 1995's Copycat (where he played a serial killer), and he married actress Jill Goodacre. In 1996, he had a brief role in the year's biggest blockbuster, Independence Day, but his album Star Turtle failed to connect with pop audiences. Come by Me, a return to big-band sounds, followed in 1999. In the new millennium, Connick cycled between albums exploring his jazz roots and those with songbook standards.

Interestingly, post-2001 Connick moved between two labels with albums getting released on both Columbia Records and saxophonist Branford Marsalis' Marsalis Music label. Among these were the big-band album Only You, featuring popular music from the '50s and '60s, and the more intimate releases Other Hours: Connick on Piano, Vol. 1 (2003) and Occasion: Connick on Piano, Vol. 2 (2005), which focused on Connick's instrumental abilities. As well as releasing albums, Connick continued to act, appearing regularly on the television sitcom Will & Grace before it ended in 2006. Ever devoted to his hometown, Connick was also heavily involved in the support and rebuilding of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. In early September 2005, he organized the benefit telethon A Concert for Hurricane Relief on NBC to raise money for and draw attention to the beleaguered residents of New Orleans. Afterward, he worked closely with Habitat for Humanity in helping victims of Katrina. In 2007, Connick once again expressed his deep love for his hometown with the release of his New Orleans tribute album, Oh, My Nola, on Columbia Records. The similarly New Orleans-themed Chanson du Vieux Carré also appeared in 2007. A year later, Connick returned with his third holiday album, What a Night! A Christmas Album. He once again revisited a set of American popular song classics and contemporary pop standards with 2009's Your Songs. In 2011, as part of WNET's Great Performances series on PBS, Connick released the live album and DVD In Concert on Broadway. The concert featured Connick backed by his big band and orchestra performing at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City. In 2013, Connick returned with the funk-oriented album Smokey Mary. The album coincided with the 20th anniversary of the Krewe of Orpheus, the Mardi Gras super krewe that Connick co-founded in 1993. Included on the album was the song "Smokey Mary Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train," which Connick penned in homage to the krewe's signature float. Also in 2013, Connick released the eclectic album of all-original songs, Every Man Should Know. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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great pillow songs for a sick kid!!!
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Harry, you sing of me . . .
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Oh, and when I watch American Idol, I only do so to hear the spot-on critique of Harry. He gives these kids his wisdom (WHO did this and made millions? So don't mimic! Make the song YOUR OWN! STOP with the vocal histrionics! ) , so right on HC,J!!
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Incredible!
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Smooth as Silk!!! One of my best
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drmistich
Great entertainer and so darn funny.....Lo v e you homeboy!!!!
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I love Harry's music ❤❤❤❤❤❤
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mountainbuga b o o
Such a smooth voice with great character and depth. Buble, although I like some of his singing, really does not compare with the depth of his voice.
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Love Harry - very talented musician (voice and instrumental ) . Saw him perform and was blown away back in the early years. Hard to imitate someone who didn't even hit the scene until the early 2000's (Buble' was 2 years old when Harry was first performing.. . . )
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Harry is an incredible singer and I'm glad he's doing some of the standards. He has a great voice. I'm a fan.
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Harry Connick Jr has been around long before Buble was even known - Do you not know who his father is???? Hello musical family!!!
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LIKE !!!!!!!!!!
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If anything, Bublé is copying him
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dragonlady60 8 8
love Harrys voice...vert talented man!!!
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Great music, great actor, fabulous singer and Awesome on American idol !!!!
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loving you as a judge on AI
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d.snow1? Lol
You don't know who Harry Connick, Jr. Is? Even so, that's fine..but, he is NOT copying Buble.
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d.snow1
He is totally imitating Michael Buble
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Great singer, piano player, and actor! LOVED him in Hope Floats!
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chapmanco
We love you Harry. My husband and I have seen you 4 times in concert, the most recent being in Charleston, SC on Ash Wednesday this year (2015). You seem so happy to be performing with your friends onstage and you are truly a marvel to watch and hear. 'How Great Thou Art' brought tears to my eyes as well as many others in the audience!
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Sing it Harry Connivk , Jr. Your the best New Orleans Louisiana . Got keep doing what you or doing Harry Your The Best You Know It . God Bless .
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Just saw him in concert in NJ. Amazing musician and performer! Love him...he just gets better with age.
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Great musician...
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dragonlady60 8 8
Listen papoose...ch a n g e the station plz
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dragonlady60 8 8
Very very talented musician and actor!
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He's a real nut, really enjoy him on American Idol, very refreshing.
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dragonlady60 8 8
Harry is multi talented...g r t
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"Smile" is a fantastic song....and so believable when you look into his smilung eyes as he sings like butter! So soft, so smooth, so......Harr y !
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I'm feeling very relaxed ...thnx ...Harry ...he !
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Loved this movie ....this song ...they were ...best. Friends !!!!
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Just adore this man ....this song is beautiful !!!!!
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Great singer!
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What a wonderful voice.
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armandodavid s o n 2 7
Harry C.Jr.give A.Idol show big credibility and great talent seeking!!
One of the greatest contemporary standard musician and vocalist ... the best today.. I love everyone of is arrangements ; remind me of Duke Ellington!! Good job Harry .I enjoy your music..
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mesawu09
there is no end to his talent
I love you Harry
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vhlep
Cool of cool, classy and can play that ivory
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papoose63
Don't read this because it actually works. you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f16 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
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svancoops
Brilliant artist of the ages. Master judge on American Idol.
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Dand
Wonderful Singer, great jet pilot as well.
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scrapping3bo y s
Have seen him in concert twice and he is amazing. So funny. Love the chemistry on Idol and enjoy his really thoughtful and knowledgeabl e critiques. He takes the show to a new level. Can't wait for the new season.
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Love him!!
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Arrogant
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sarahncho
Love his voice- plus he's hilarious on Idol
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0 ok
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vamplover199 2
He's the closest we can come to a modern day Frank Sinatra . . . no offense to Ol' Blue Eyes, he was awesome :)
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Nothing but talent right here. Love listening to Harry Connick.
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lpelb
Sexy sexy man gifted with the sexiest of voices! I love me some HC jr.
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fit-liz
His best line! LOL!

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suanycac013
I love him on idol. And god his voice!
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shelleysalin a s 9 9
Follow for a follow seeing him makes me feel a bit better lol
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