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Benny Goodman - 100% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Big Band & Swing Classical Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Benjamin David Goodman, 30 May 1909, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 20 June 1986, New York City, New York, USA. Born into a large, impoverished family of immigrants, Goodman experienced hard times while growing up. Encouraged by his father to learn a musical instrument, Goodman and two of his brothers took lessons; as the youngest and smallest he learned to play the clarinet. Th Read more

Benny Goodman And His Orchestra - 100% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Jazz Soundtracks
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Les Baxter - 71% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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14 March 1922, Mexia, Texas, USA, d. 15 January 1996, Palm Springs, California, USA. Baxter studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory before moving to Los Angeles for further studies at Pepperdine College. Abandoning a concert career as a pianist he turned to popular music as a singer, and at the age of 23 he joined Mel Tormé’s Mel-Tones, singing on Artie Shaw re Read more

Billy May - 69% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward William May, 10 November 1916, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 22 January 2004, San Juan Capistrano, California, USA. Although May is best known to international audiences for his arranging and conducting work with Frank Sinatra in the late 50s, he had already been a professional musician for nearly 20 years prior to his first session with Hoboken’s favourite s Read more

Stanley Black - 68% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 June 1913, London, England, d. 26 November 2002, London, England. This highly talented pianist, arranger, composer and conductor was one of the leading figures in UK light and popular music. At the age of seven, Black began learning the piano and later studied at the Matthay School of Music. His first composition, when he was aged 12, was broadcast by the BBC Symphony Orc Read more

Jackie Gleason - 64% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Herbert John Gleason, 26 February 1916, Brooklyn, New York, USA, d. 24 June 1987, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Gleason was primarily a comedian, starring on stage, screen and television, but he also recorded a number of albums in the 50s and 60s. He established his persona with early films such as Orchestra Wives (1942) and several appearances on Broadway (Artists And Mode Read more

Percy Faith - 64% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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7 April 1908, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, d. 9 February 1976, Ericino, California, USA. During the 30s Faith worked extensively on radio in Canada, and moved to the USA in 1940 to take up a post with NBC. During the 50s he was musical director for Columbia Records, for whom he made a number of popular albums, mostly of mood music. He worked with Tony Bennett, with whom he had Read more

The Three Suns - 63% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Easy Listening Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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Ferrante & Teicher - 59% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Classical Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Instrumental Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arthur Ferrante (7 September 1921, New York City, New York, USA) and Louis Teicher (b. 24 August 1924, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA). Ferrante And Teicher met at the age of six while studying at the Juilliard School Of Music, Manhattan, New York. After they graduated as piano majors, they combined teaching and concert work until 1948, when they became full-time piano duet Read more

Acker Bilk - 58% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Easy Listening Instrumental Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bernard Stanley Bilk, 28 January 1929, Pensford, Somerset, England. A self-taught clarinettist, Bilk made his first public appearance in 1947 while on National Service in Egypt. On his return to the UK, he played as a semi-professional around the Bristol area, before gaining his big break with the Ken Colyer band in 1954. Four years later, under the name ‘Mr’ Acke Read more

Martin Denny - 58% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 April 1911, New York City, New York, USA, d. 2 March 2005, Hawaii Kai, Hawaii, USA A pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor, Denny trained as a classical pianist and toured with various bands before moving to Hawaii in 1954. The story goes that while playing in the Shell Bar of the alfresco Hawaiian Village nightclub in Honolulu, he began to incorporate the sounds of Read more

Arthur Lyman - 57% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Easy Listening Instrumental
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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1932, Kauai, Hawaii, d. 24 February 2002, Ewa, Hawaii. Lyman popularized a jazzy style of Hawaiian music during the 50s, and gathered a following as a purveyor of so-called exotic music. As a child, Lyman moved to the large Hawaiian city of Honolulu, where he became interested in the music of Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton. He learned to play along with their records on a Read more

Peggy Lee - 56% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Norma Deloris Egstrom, 26 May 1920, Jamestown, North Dakota, USA, d. 21 January 2002, California, USA. Peggy Lee was of Scandinavian descent, her grandparents being Swedish and Norwegian immigrants. She endured a difficult childhood and her mother died when she was four; when her father remarried she experienced a decidedly unpleasant relationship with her stepmother. Her fa Read more

Henry Mancini - 53% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Classical Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Instrumental Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Enrico Mancini, 16 April 1924, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 14 June 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA. Prompted by his father, a steelworker who loved music, Mancini learned to play several musical instruments while still a small child. As a teenager he developed an interest in jazz and especially music of the big bands. He wrote some arrangements and sent them to Benny Goodman Read more

Frank Chacksfield - 52% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Easy Listening Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 May 1914, Battle, Sussex, England, d. 9 June 1995. After early training on the piano and organ, Chacksfield led small groups in the late 30s before becoming arranger for the Stars In Battledress entertainment unit in World War II. His first radio broadcast was Original Songs At The Piano from Glasgow, and during the late 40s he worked with comedian Charlie Chester’s S Read more


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