1925, New York City, New York, USA, d. 6 February 1981, Palm Springs, California, USA. An accomplished and prolific composer, arranger and orchestral conductor for film music. After two years in the US Navy where he arranged for Service bands, Montenegro graduated from Manhattan College and entered the record industry in 1955. He served as staff manager to André Kostelanetz, and was conductor-arranger for several artists, including Harry Belafonte. While working as a musical director for Time Records in New York, Montenegro made his own orchestral albums including Arriba!, Bongos + Brass, Boogie Woogie + Bongos, Montenegro And Mayhem, Pizzicato Strings, Black Velvet and Overture... American Musical Theatre 1-4. After moving to California he wrote the score for Otto Premingers 1967 movie Hurry Sundown, a racial melodrama starring Jane Fonda and Michael Caine. In 1968, with his orchestra and chorus, he recorded Ennio Morricones theme from the...
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