Harold Stephen Girvin grew up in Berkeley, California and attended high school there. He later attended University of California
at Berkeley, and formed a dance band, Hal Girvin and his California Cubs, composed of college men from the University of California,
Stanford, and University of Southern California; Girvin played banjo. Girvin was a protégé of San Francisco band leader Anson
Weeks. By 1940 Girvin was married to Marion Smith, with a son, James, and was working as a liquor salesman in Berkeley.
He died in Belmont, San Mateo County, in 1979.
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