Pink and Blue Music Publishing Company was founded in the late
1970s by Alfred Marion Harned and Ernée Simpson. Alfred Marion
Harned (1903-1994) was a Honolulu-based musician, arranger and songwriter.
Ernée Simpson was a Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter.
In the late 1960s, during a singing gig at one of the local Honolulu
hotels, Ernée happened to hire Alfred as her song arranger. This
began a songwriting and performing collaboration that lasted until Alfred's
death in 1994, resulting in a catalog of close to seventy (70) songs.
Alfred wrote most of the songs in the catalog, with Ernée performing
them at her singing gigs. However, sometimes they wrote songs together,
or sometimes Ernée wrote songs all by herself. In all cases,
Alfred came up with the final arrangements.
Ernée performed one of her own songs, called "You've Come
A Long Way Baby," on the "Gong Show" and won first prize.
The performance of her song on a nationally televised show made possible
the formation of Pink And Blue Music Publishing Company, and the songs
in the catalog were registered with ASCAP.
The next major exposure for one of the songs from the catalog was
the Anita O'Day recording of "Candle Light And Wine," which
was included in Miss O'Day's 1978 record album "Skylark: Live At
In 2000, Alfred's son, Bob Harned, renewed
activity with the publishing company by recording a CD of some of his
father's songs and preparing the corresponding sheet music for publication.
This first CD, called "Harned Sings Harned,"
has Bob singing ten of his father's songs, including "Candle
Light and Wine."
Bob's second CD, "Eat, Drink, And Be Singing,"
is a compilation of songs about food and drink, all sung by Bob. This
was recorded at the request of Arthur
Schwartz, the former host of WOR radio's "Food Talk,"
heard in the five-state metro New York area. Schwartz played these songs
regularly on his program as lead-ins for his various food and restaurant
segments. "Candle Light and Wine" is included in this CD.
In his third CD, called "My Hawaiian Songbook,"
Bob sings ten favorite Tin Pan Alley Hawaiian songs that he fondly remembers
enjoying while growing up in Hawaii.
Bob's latest CD, called "The Languages of
Love." includes love songs in twelve different languages. Besides
one in English, the other eleven are in French, German, Italian, Russian,
Spanish, Yiddish, Neapolitan, and also in Turkish, Hawaiian, Japanese,
and Tagalog Filipino.
The CDs and sheet music
are currently available for purchase from Pink And Blue Music Publishing
Bob Harned continues to keep Pink And Blue Music Publishing Company
active and hopes to interest other singers in performing songs from
his company's catalog.