Canadian Country Music Association
Hall of Fame
Dallas Harms

Dallas Harms

  • Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989
  • Birth: Drake, SK, July 17, 1935
  • Background:

    Born in Saskatchewan and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Dallas Harms began his career mid-1950s, making his first record in 1959. Harms had his first big hits in the 1970's with In the Loving Arms of My Marie and Old Ira Gray, followed up with subsequent hits Paper Rosie, Georgia I'm Cheating on You Tonight, It's Crying Time for Me, The Fastest Gun, I Picked a Daisy and The Ballad of the Duke.

    Several of Harms' songs were later recorded by Orval Prophet and US country singer, Gene Watson, who recorded six of his songs and had major US hits with Paper Rosie in 1977 and with The Old Man and His Horn and Cowboys Don't Get Lucky All the Time in 1978. Others to record his songs included Billy Walker, George Hamilton IV and The Osbourne Brothers.

    Harms toured extensively across Canada, including in 1976 with Ian Tyson. He also performed in New Zealand and in England. His LP Out of Harms Way included the popular hits Honky Tonkin' (All Night Long), Country Fever and Fooling with Fire.

    Harms received an RPM 'Big Country Award' for Top Composer in 1975, 1977, 1978 and 1979, as well as Top Producer in 1978, 1979 and 1985. He also won 'Big Country Award' for Best Single (Paper Rosie, 1975, Georgia I'm Cheating on You Tonight 1976) and Best Album (The Fastest Gun, 1978). He won CCMA Awards for Producer of the Year in 1983 and 1984.

    Throughout his career, Harms produced singles or albums for Terry Carisse, Larry Mattson, Wayne Rostad, Roni Sommers and Paul Weber, amongst others.

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