sexta-feira, 28 de agosto de 2009

David Rose - The Very Best Of David Rose

  1. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
  2. Holiday For Strings
  3. Forbidden Planet
  4. Holiday For Trombones
  5. Calypso Melody
  6. Swinging Shepherd Blues
  7. Like Young (With Andre Previn)
  8. Bonanza
  9. Ponderosa
  10. Hoss
  11. The Stripper
  12. How The West Was Won
The Very Best
David Rose was one of the most talented conductors and composers in modern music history. But it would be television that would give him his greatest commercial success. He ultimately recorded over 1000 TV scores through the 80's and a survey done in 1959 showed that his music was used as themes for 22 television series at the same time including "Highway Patrol" and "Sea Hunt". His legendary movie work included scores for over 36 films in the 40's, 50's and 60's. And as a recording artist and conductor, David Rose had also produced a number of other compositions that became well known in serious musical circles; "Dance Of The Spanish Onion", and "Our Waltz" which he used as his radio theme, both written in 1942, and the well known "Holiday For Strings" written in 1943, which he recorded originally for RCA Victor.

Born in London, England on June 15, 1910, Rose moved to Chicago when he was 4. He received his academic education in public schools and his musical training at the Chicago College Of Music. In 1926, he worked as a pianist for Ted Fio Rito And His Orchestra. In 1929, he first worked for NBC in Chicago, moving in 1938 to Hollywood, California, assuming the post of music director of the Mutual radio network. For four years, during World War II, he saw service in the American Air Force, when he officiated as composer and music director of Moss Hart's Air Force stage production of "Winged Victory". In 1943, he wrote "Holiday For Strings" which brought him fame as a composer by selling several million records; in 1944 he wrote the popular "Poinciana". David Rose was married from 1938-1941 to actress Martha Raye, and later became the first of Judy Garland's five husbands. That marriage lasted from 1941-1943.

After the war, Rose conducted extensively over the radio and on records. He is credited with being the first to use an echo chamber for special sound effects. After serving as music director for numerous radio programs, he fulfilled a similar function for television, which was to make abundant use of his creative as well as performing talent. In 1959 Rose won an Emmy in the category of "best musical contribution to a television program" for his musical direction of "An Evening With Fred Astaire" over NBC. He also wrote the score for the TV series "Little House On The Prairie". While at the M-G-M label, he also did the musical background for Connie Francis' hit "My Happiness".

This collection concentrates on some of Rose's output for the M-G-M label, of which he recorded from 1949-1963. "Holiday for Strings" is a 1950 M-G-M remake of his original RCA hit, which would also lead to the similar "Holiday For Trombones". His version of "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" is from the movie of the same name. Rose fought for chart position with his 1958 recording of "Swingin' Shepherd Blues" which saw 2 other versions of the hit on the charts along with his that year. "Forbidden Planet" was written for the movie but was later dropped from the score. "Calypso Melody" was a chart hit in 1957 during a calypso music craze. His recording duet of "Like Young" (with pianist/conductor/composer Andre Previn) won him a Grammy in 1960 for best orchestral performance. An Emmy was awarded to him in the 60's for "special distinction in musical composition for television" for a segment of music used in the TV show "Bonanza". Three of the tracks from the Bonanza soundtrack, "Bonanza", "Ponderosa" and "Hoss" appear here. But it was his 1962 smash hit "The Stripper" that many remember when hearing the name David Rose. The song was adpted from a short piece originally created for the 1958 TV show "Burlesque" of which he wrote the score. Later M-G-M needed a B side for the single "Ebb Tide" and ended up using "The Stripper". A Los Angeles D.J. liked the B side better and made it a southern California hit, which caught the attention of both M-G-M and the coutry's D.J.'s. And the rest, as they say, is history.

David Rose died of heart disease in Burbank, California on August 23, 1990. He left us a wonderful legacy of great music that will live forever.

From liner notes by Steve Kolanjian

Um comentário:

  1. Mr. Kolanjian was wrong. David Rose may have had a hit with Poinciana but he certainly didn’t write it.

    Poinciana was written by Buddy Bernier and Nat Simon.


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