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date: 20 November 2019

De Vol, Frank locked

  • Daniel Sheridan

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(b Moundsville, WV, Sept 20, 1911; d Lafayette, CA, Oct 27, 1999). American Composer and arranger. Growing up in the family of a bandleader in Canton, Ohio, he taught himself saxophone and played piano and violin in a theater. De Vol provided arrangements for Horace Heidt and His Musical Knights in the 1930s before joining Alvino Rey’s band. Beginning in the 1940s, De Vol provided arrangements for songs recorded by many popular singers, including Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, and Doris Day. In the 1950s, De Vol began composing for Hollywood films, notably collaborating with director Robert Aldrich on several of his films. During his career as a film composer, De Vol was nominated for four Academy Awards for his scores for Pillow Talk (1959), HushHush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), Cat Ballou (1965), and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner...

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