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18 April 1918, Kearny, New Jersey, USA, d. 9 August 2004, Denville, New Jersey, USA. Taught guitar by his father, in the early 40s Mottola teamed up for some very attractive recording sessions with fellow guitarist Carl Kress. A very busy session musician from the early 40s onwards, Mottola played in bands led by Raymond Scott, Johnny Guarnieri and Eddie Condon. Demonstrating his versatility even more is his appearance in groups accompanying singers such as the Delta Rhythm Boys, Cliff Edwards, Georgia Gibbs, Pearl Bailey, Perry Como, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. He also led a small group session for Majestic Records, in which he was joined by Guarnieri. In the early 50s, Mottola played with Bernie Leighton, Jimmy Lytell, Stan Freeman, Sam Donahue, Ray McKinley, Lou Stein and Ralph Flanagan. He also composed theme and scores for the television suspense show, Danger. In the mid-50s he was with Benny Goodman, appearing on big band studio sessions. He also played...