Harold Little, age 78, died of natural causes on Monday, January 3rd 2022. Harold was an accomplished musician and vocalist, dedicating his entire life to a career in music and show business. While still in high school he began his professional career as the show-stopping drummer for The Fantabulous Jags, a popular local band formed in 1957, literally on the vanguard of what was becoming known as rock-and-roll. Harold and the Jags made an eight year run, covering the Mid-West with club venues in five states, including major cities such as Wichita, Kansas City, Denver, and eventually Las Vegas. Harold was recruited and joined Orange Colored Sky, of the premier bands in Southern California. With that group he opened or backed such notable entertainers as Sinatra, Glenn Campbell, Bert Bacharach, and many others. He spent two decades as the drummer and vocalist for the jazz group led by pianist, Big Tiny Little (no relation) a regular performer at jazz venues such as the Monterey Jazz Festival as well as various local venues from Reno to Carson City, Minden to Lake Tahoe. He played with the Tommy Bell Band during the mid 2000's. He retired in 2017, leaving his long time residence in Carson City to relocate in Indiana near his daughter and her family. Harold was especially fond of time shared with his grandchildren; time short, indeed, due to his struggle with Alzheimer's. A gifted mechanic, Harold was a Harley fanatic his entire life; his flathead Ford and early Chevy V8 engines were legends in their own time. On the quiet side Harold enjoyed following his daughter's television career covering NASCAR on FOX. Her success was a source of great pride to him. He also enjoyed fishing, his Ford trucks and visiting with friends and fans.
Harold is survived by his only child and daughter, Jamie Little (born in South Lake Tahoe), and her husband Cody Selman; grandchildren Carter and Sierra, all of Indiana; nephews Johnathon Little (Ohio) and Jimmie Little (Michigan); and cousin Janice Essick (Kansas) & sister in law Colleen Baker of Tahoe. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Katrina, and brother Horace.
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