Frank De Vol
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Herman Frank De Vol, 20 September 1911, Moundsville, West Virginia, USA, d. 27 October 1999, Lafayette, California, USA. Raised in Canton, Ohio, De Vols father led a local film theatre pit band in which he played violin and saxophone before graduating from high school in 1929. A planned career in law took him briefly to university, which he abandoned for a musical career. De Vol played in various bands, including those of Emerson Gill, Horace Heidt and Alvino Rey, and toured with the George Olsen -Ethel Shutta troupe. During the 40s, settled in California, he led his own band on radio and later on television. The latter included shows headlined by Rosemary Clooney, Betty White and Dinah Shore. Also active in recording studios, he accompanied Mel Tormé on 1949 sessions and most notably Ella Fitzgerald resulting in several albums between 1957 and 1964.
Mostly though, from the mid-50s De Vol was composing scores for films including...