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"Divaville Lounge" with Sarah O (archive)

step into the lounge!
Sunday, June 1, 2014 | 14:00 to 16:00 | jazz/pop vocalists

Artist Song Album Label Comments
Frank Sinatra Night and Day A Swingin' Affair Capitol Happy Birthday Nelson Riddle!
Nelson Riddle Orchestra Near You Sing a Song with Riddle Capitol one of the most important arrangers in 20th century American popular music
Charlie Spivak Orchestra When The Sun Comes Out What's Cookin' Charlie '41-'47 Hep 1942. Riddle's role: trombonist
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra On the Sunny Side of the Street The Wartime Years - Wartime Memories Crimson 1944. Riddle's role: trombonist
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Opus One Big Band Legends 1944. Riddle's role: trombonist
Nat King Cole Mona Lisa Capitol Goes to the Movies Capitol 1950. Riddle: arranger. This song was Riddle's big break & landed him a job as arranger at Capitol, where he worked extensively with Cole
Nat King Cole Unforgettable The Greatest Hits Capitol 1951. Riddle: arranger. Riddle wrote the arrangements for many of Cole's hit songs & helped shape his transition from jazz musician to pop singing star
Ella Mae Morse Tennessee Saturday Night The Vest Best of Ella Mae Morse Capitol 1951. Riddle: arranger, conductor. Riddle had steady work in the early 50s arranging and leading the orchestra for many Capitol acts
Nat King Cole This Can't Be Love Nat King Cole Sings for Two in Love Capitol 1953. Riddle: arr., cond. Riddle made 9 albums with Cole, all recorded at Capitol
Frank Sinatra I've Got the World on a String The Complete Capitol Singles Capitol 1953. Riddle: arr. Riddle's first work for Frank Sinatra, who had to be pressured by Capitol execs to work with Riddle as he wanted to continue working with Axel Stordahl
Nelson Riddle Orchestra Lisbon Antigua Bottoms Up Capitol 1956. Riddle: composer, arr., cond. this TV theme song was a minor hit for Riddle
Frank Sinatra I've Got You Under My Skin Songs for Swingin' Lovers Capitol 1956. Riddle: arr., cond. Riddle and Sinatra made 20 albums together including most of the "Concept" series. Sinatra's successes with Riddle in the late 50s gave a much needed boost to his career, which had suffered at Columbia
Judy Garland Come Rain or Come Shine Judy Capitol 1956. Riddle: arr., cond. Riddle by this point was able to work with the biggest singers at Capitol
Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby Well, Did You Evah! Frank Sinatra in Hollywood Capitol 1956. Riddle: arr. Riddle wrote the arrangement for this song in High Society & went on to write & conduct scores for many Hollywood movies
Frank Sinatra Witchcraft The Complete Capitol Singles Capitol 1957. Riddle: arr., cond. Around this time tension began to grow between Riddle and Sinatra. Though they continued to work together for years, Riddle was no longer Sinatra's only arranger & conductor
Nelson Riddle Orchestra Main Title: Pal Joey Pal Joey Original Soundtrack 1957. Riddle wrote the score for this movie among many others. He won the "Best Score" Oscar for the Great Gatsby in 1974
Frank Sinatra No One Ever Tells You A Swingin' Affair Capitol 1957. Riddle: arr., cond.
Judy Garland Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart Judy in Love Capitol 1958. Riddle: arr,, cond.
Frank Sinatra One For My Baby Only the Lonely Capitol 1958. Riddle: arr. Both Riddle and Sinatra called Only the Lonely their favorite album they had ever done
Nelson Riddle Orchestra I'll Get By C'mon Get Happy! Capitol 1958. Riddle did many solo albums, though best known for his work with singers like Sinatra
Nat King Cole Quizas, Quizas, Quizas Cole Espanol Capitol 1958. Riddle: arr., cond. I had no idea until researching this show that Riddle had done this album
Peggy Lee I Hear Music Jump for Joy Capitol 1958. Ridle: arr., cond. When Lee came back to Capitol in 1957, she worked exclusively with Riddle
Ella Fitzgerald But Not for Me The George and Ira Gershwin Songbook Verve 1959. Riddle: arr., cond. Riddle did 3 of the songbooks: Gershwin, Kern and Mercer, as well as 2 other albums with Fitzgerald during this time
Keely Smith What Is This Thing Called Love Cocktails with Cole Porter Capitol 1959. Riddle: arr., cond.
Ella Fitzgerald Someone to Watch Over Me The George and Ira Gershwin Songbook Verve 1959. Riddle: arr., cond. The Gershwin songbook is often considered the best of the series
Nelson Riddle Orchestra Promenade (Ambulatory Suite) The George and Ira Gershwin Songbook Verve 1959. Riddle: arr., cond. Riddle did one instrumental medley of Gershwin compositions on this 3-LP set
Dean Martin On the Street Where You Live This Time I'm Swingin' Capitol 1960. Riddle: arr., cond
Rosemary Clooney You Took Advantage of Me Rosie Solves the Swinging Riddle Capitol 1960. Riddle: arr., cond. Clooney and Riddle had a long-standing and very close affair which culminated in both of their marriages ending around the time this album was made
Dean Martin AIn't That a Kick in the Head The Capitol Years Capitol 1960. Riddle: arr., cond. This song was recorded for This Time I'm Swingin' but cut from the album and released as a single
Rosemary Clooney Get Me To the Church On Time Rosie Solves the Swinging Riddle Capitol 1960. Riddle: arr., cond. This album gave a career boost to Clooney, who saw herself as a jazz singer but had been made to record novelty songs at Columbia
Nelson Riddle Orchestra Theme from 'Route 66' Music for a Bachelor's Den in Hi-Fi DRG 1962. This tv theme song was a top 40 hit for Riddle
Nelson Riddle Orchestra Theme from 'The Naked City' TV Town Capitol 1962.
Ella Fitzgerald Don't Be That Way Ella Swings brightly With Nelson Verve 1962. Riddle: arr. , cond. one of a pair of albums that year, the other was "Ella Swings Lightly With Nelson." Ella would revisit this song in the 1970s in a beautiful, spare performance with Joe Pass on solo guitar
Shirley Bassey What Now My Love Let's Face The Music EMI 1962. Riddle: arr., cond. This album was released just before Goldfinger and this song was a hit for Bassey in the UK
Frank Sinatra The Summer Wind Strangers in the Night Reprise 1966. Riddle: arr., cond. This was the last full album Sinatra and Riddle made together. The story is that Sinatra requested Riddle as he was unhappy with the previously contracted arranger's work on the title track (Sinatra hated the song "Strangers in the Night," & hated that it became a hit and people would request it at concerts for the rest of his career)
Ella Fitzgerald & Frank Sinatra The Lady is a Tramp The Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim 1967. Riddle: arr., cond. One of a series of TV specials Riddle and Sinatra made together
Linda Ronstadt I've Got a Crush On You What's New? Asylum 1983. Riddle: arr., cond. Riddle and Ronstadt made 3 albums together; the last was released after Riddle's death in 1985
Oscar Peterson & Nelson Riddle Someday My Prince Will Come Oscar Peterson & Nelson Riddle Verve 1964. Riddle: arr., cond. Who knew Peterson and Riddle would sound so good together?
Frank Sinatra Angel Eyes Only the Lonely Capitol 1958. Riddle: arr., cond.