Frank Sinatra
Ronald Reagan
George Duning
Lennie Hayton
Red Norvo
Hermione Gingold
(Movies & TV)
Nat King Cole

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Nelson Riddle

Knowledge Identifier: +Nelson_Riddle


Nelson Riddle

American arranger, composer, bandleader and orchestrator whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s add

Category: Music

Born in 1921.

Countries: United States (83%), United Kingdom (11%), New Zealand (6%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan, George Duning

Linked to: University of Arizona, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, Ridgewood High School




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Nelson Riddle was born in 1921 add something


Les Elgart - Together they put together their own Les & Larry Elgart Ensemble in 1945, hiring Nelson Riddle, Ralph Flanagan, and Bill Finegan to do arrangements


Frank Sinatra - In 1953, Sinatra signed with Capitol Records, where he worked with many of the finest musical arrangers of the era, most notably Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, and Billy May. With a series of albums featuring darker emotional material, Sinatra reinvented himself, including In the Wee Small Hours—Sinatra's first 12" LP and his second collaboration with Nelson Riddle—Where Are You? and Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely.


George Duning - Duning shared music adaptation credit with Nelson Riddle for the highly successful 1957 film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hart gem "Pal Joey" starring Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth


Juliet Prowse - She would go on to appear with Sinatra and other notable guests such as Ella Fitzgerald, Peter Lawford, Hermione Gingold, the Hi-Lo's, Red Norvo, Nelson Riddle and his orchestra on the 1959, " Frank Sinatra Show


Nat King Cole - In 1960, Nat's longtime collaborator Nelson Riddle left Capitol Records for Frank Sinatra's newly formed Reprise Records label


Lennie Hayton - However, Sinatra later began using a Nelson Riddle arrangement of the song in concert performances and in 1979 he put the Riddle version on record


Jimmy Rowles - Rowles appeared on Fitzgerald's final collaboration with Nelson Riddle, "The Best Is Yet to Come" in 1982

Nelson Riddle died in 1985 add something


On January 19, 1985, he conducted at the nationally-televised 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala, the day before the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan add something


The agreement between the two resulted in a three-album contract which included what were to be the last arrangements of Riddle's career, with the exception of an album of twelve Great American Songbook standards he arranged and conducted for his old friend, opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa, in April 1985, six months before his death that October add something


Following Riddle's death, his last three arrangements for Ronstadt's "For Sentimental Reasons" album were conducted by Terry Woodson; the album was released in 1986 add something


In February 1986, Riddle's youngest son Christopher, himself an accomplished bass trombonist, assumed the leadership of his father's orchestra add something


Following the death of Riddle's second wife Naomi in 1998, proceeds from the sale of the Riddle home in Bel Air were used to establish a Nelson Riddle Endowed Chair and library at the University of Arizona, which officially opened in 2001 add something


In 2000, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops released a Nelson Riddle tribute album titled "Route 66: That Nelson Riddle Sound" on Telarc Records add something