sexta-feira, 26 de junho de 2009

Frank de Vol and his orchestra - Portraits

 
01. Jezebel
02. Chances Are
03. On The Street Where You Live
04. You Belong To Me
05. The Yellow Rose Of Texas
06. The Little White Cloud That Cried
07. Stranger In Paradise
08. My Heart Cries For You
09. Come On-a My House
10. Dreamy
11. Moments To Remember
12. Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)

Portraits


Frank Denny De Vol, also known simply as De Vol (20 September 1911 - 27 October 1999) was an American arranger, composer and actor.

De Vol was born in Moundsville, West Virginia and grew up in Canton, Ohio. His father, Herman Frank De Vol, was band-leader of a local movie orchestra and his mother, Minnie Emma Humphreys De Vol, had worked in a sewing shop. He attended Miami University.

When De Vol was 14, he became a member of the Musicians' Union. After playing violin in his father's orchestra and appearances in a China restaurant he joined the Horace Heidt Orchestra in the 1930s, being responsible for the arrangements. Later, he toured with the Alvino Rey Orchestra, before embarking on his recording career.

From the 1940s, De Vol wrote arrangements for the studio recordings of many top singers, including Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Dinah Shore, Doris Day and Vic Damone. His single most famous arrangement is probably the haunting string and piano accompaniment to Cole's Nature Boy, which was a US Number One in 1948. That same year, he released a version of "The Teddy Bears' Picnic" (Capitol Records 15420), that he arranged and sang lead vocals on.

In 1966–1967, he arranged "The Happening" for The Supremes, their tenth #1 Billboard pop record (1967), the theme song they recorded for a same-titled 1967 theatrical film, and one of the few hit records for The Supremes that was not arranged by Holland-Dozier-Holland.

The success of Nature Boy, recorded on the Capitol Records label, led to an executive position for De Vol across at the rival Columbia Records. There, he recorded a series of orchestral mood music albums under the studio name "Music By De Vol" (which he also used for some of his film and TV work). The album Bacchanale Suite (1960) is a late, but acclaimed, example of De Vol's mood music. Each track is by English composer Albert Harris and is named after a god or goddess of Greek mythology.

In the 1950s De Vol's orchestra played frequently at the Hollywood Palladium under the concert name "Music of the Century".

De Vol wrote the scores for many Hollywood movies, receiving Academy Award nominations for four of them: Pillow Talk (1959), Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), Cat Ballou (1965), and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).

Other familiar movies which featured work by De Vol include Send Me No Flowers (1964), The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), Krakatoa, East of Java (1969), Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977), The Frisco Kid (1979), and Herbie Goes Bananas (1980).

De Vol also composed the theme music for the Screen Gems' Dancing Sticks logo (1963-1965), which appeared on all TV shows produced by the television division of Columbia Pictures.

Frank DeVol was musical director (and occasionally seen) on Edgar Bergen's 1956-57 CBS prime-time game show, Do You Trust Your Wife?.

"Frank DeVol's orchestra" was featured on the NBC prime time musical variety series "The Lux Show Starring Rosemary Clooney", but the show only lasted one season (1957-58).

De Vol is best recognized for his television theme tunes, like Family Affair, The Brady Bunch, and My Three Sons. The latter theme was musically complex, with a piano playing a triplet obligato over the melody in 4/4 time, but was a commercial success as well, providing De Vol with a hit single in 1961.

He composed scores for episodes of McCloud and The Love Boat, amongst much other work for TV.

In 1969, a music piece, called "The Fuzz" became the subject of a Brazilian TV newscast, called Jornal Nacional. However, it wasn't the first newscast to use that music; KOOL-TV (later KTSP, now KSAZ-TV) was the first TV station to use the music.

De Vol was also an actor and he is perhaps best remembered for his role as bandleader Happy Kyne on the 1970s talk show parodies Fernwood 2Nite and America 2-Night. He appeared in several other TV series, such as I Dream of Jeannie, Bonanza, Petticoat Junction, Mickey starring Mickey Rooney, The Brady Bunch, Get Smart (at least 2 appearances as Prof. Carlton), and The Jeffersons.

According to the commentary for the movie McLintock!, de Vol preferred to be credited as "Frank de Vol" for his acting appearances, and as simply "de Vol" for his musical work.

De Vol was married two times, once to Grayce Agnes McGinty in 1935. This fifty-four year marriage produced two daughters; Linda Morehouse, and Donna Copeland, and ended with Grayce's death in 1989. He was married a second time in 1991 to the television actress and big band singer Helen O'Connell, which ended with her death in 1993.

He played bandleader Happy Kyne in the TV satire "Fernwood 2 Night".

In the mid-1990s, when well into his eighties, De Vol was active in the Big Band Academy of America.

De Vol died of congestive heart failure on 27 October 1999 in Lafayette, California. He is interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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