Clarinetist Harry Blons emerged out of the Midwest to join the touring groups of Hal McIntyre, Red Nichols, and Red Dougherty. Blons' background had been in local combos in St. Paul and Minneapolis, the details of which are too sketchy to provide any further information regarding a predominance in his life of bandleaders nicknamed "Red." On the subject of names, this musician was actually born Harry Yblonski.
At the end of the '40s Blons bounded out of something of a lull to begin fronting his own group and playing in the Dixieland style. In 1954 he was featured on both clarinet and tenor sax in the Doc Evans combo, not abandoning the Harry Blons Six as the group remained active in the mid-'50s. Blons continued to be associated with his native St. Paul. While much of his group's recorded output is out of print, various live recordings done in Minnesota when stars such as Bunk Johnson and Don Ewell came through town remain in circulation. His recordings as a leader include the excellent "Singin' the Blues," originally released by Mercury. The reed man also created vinyl product for the Zephyr and Audio Fidelity labels.