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Billy May - 100% 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

Al Caiola - 82% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Alexander Emil Caiola, 7 September 1920, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. A highly respected studio guitarist, Caiola played with many renowned musical directors such as Percy Faith, Hugo Winterhalter and André Kostelanetz. After serving as musical arranger and conductor for United Artists Records, Caiola released several singles on RCA Records during the 50s, including Read more

Henry Jerome - 82% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 2000s
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12 November 1917, New York, USA. Jerome formed his dance band orchestra in 1932 in Norwich, Connecticut, USA. Comprising eight to ten musicians, with vocalists Frank Warren and David Allen, their greatest impact came through frequent radio exposure on the Dinner At The Green Room show on the ABC network. This was broadcast remote from the Green Room of the Hotel Edison in Ne Read more

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Jackie Gleason - 78% 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

Ray Anthony - 75% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Raymond Antonini, 20 January 1922, Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, USA. After playing in local bands in Cleveland, Anthony spent brief spells in the trumpet sections of the Al Donahue, Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey orchestras. Following a four-year period in the US Navy, where he led a services orchestra, Anthony formed his own band in 1946 and signed with Capitol Records. The b Read more

Si Zentner - 71% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 2000s
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Simon H. Zentner, 13 June 1917, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 January 2000, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. After learning to play the trombone as a child, Zentner played in and around New York before joining Les Brown in 1940. During the 40s he played in a number of bands, including those led by Harry James and Jimmy Dorsey, and at the end of the decade entered a long period Read more

Ronnie Aldrich - 68% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 February 1916, Erith, Kent, England, d. 30 September 1993. As a gifted young pianist Aldrich undertook extensive studies, including a period at the Guildhall School of Music in London. Later, he worked with the Folkestone Municipal Orchestra before his career was interrupted by World War II. During the war he played piano and arranged for the RAF Dance Orchestra, remainin Read more

Frank Chacksfield - 64% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Easy Listening 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

Les Baxter - 64% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz New Age 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

Martin Denny - 62% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Easy Listening Pop / Rock
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

Stanley Black - 62% 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

The Three Suns - 59% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Easy Listening Instrumental Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s
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Bill Perkins - 52% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Reese Perkins, 22 July 1924, San Francisco, California, USA, d. 9 August 2003, Sherman Oaks, California, USA. Having started out on a career as an electrical engineer, tenor saxophonist Perkins was in his mid-twenties before he made an appearance in Jerry Wald’s band in 1950. The following year he was with Woody Herman’s Third Herd and by 1953 was in Stan K Read more

Plas Johnson - 52% match to Nelson Riddle

Genres: Blues
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John Johnson Jnr., 21 July 1931, Donaldsonville, Louisiana, USA. After being taught soprano saxophone by his father, Johnson took up the tenor as well. Resident on the west coast in the 50s he worked in the studios but played jazz dates with artists including Benny Carter. His film and television work increased and his work (though not his name) became known to millions when Read more

Arthur Lyman - 51% 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


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