A Bit of History
David first came to the local music scene’s attention performing original pop and rock songs in venues throughout the bay area and writing songs for and collaborating with other aspiring artists like Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
Dave Harley! My favorite performing songwriter…
~ Stevie Nicks, back stage at Day on the Green Concert,
1976, Oakland CA (after seeing Dave for the first time in many years)
By the mid-70s, he was scouted by ABC Records as one of the top R&B songwriters whose roster included Steely Dan and Tom Petty. But alas, the signing with ABC was thwarted by the acquisition and restructuring of the company by MCA Records. But like most genuinely inspired musicians and best R&B songwriters, he continued to create his art despite the inevitable setbacks and to write and record some great music over the years with some of the Bay Area’s best pop songwriters.
Best Singer-Songwriter In The Bay Area
Bob Ohlsson, production and mastering engineer, Motown Records,
after hearing Dave’s song Rising Son in the early 1970s