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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Exciting Sound Of Acquaviva And His Orchestra

I Found A Rainbow
The Exciting Sound Of Acquaviva And His Orchestra
Decca DL 74465
1963

The following brief bio found on Acquaviva's wiki page is the only decent reference I could find on the artist.

Nick Aquaviva (Nicholas Paul Acquaviva) (April 11, 1925 - October 14, 1998), known professionally as Tony Acquaviva or simply Acquaviva, was an American composer, conductor and string instrumentalist, a student of Serge Koussevitzky and the founder of the New York "Pops" Symphony Orchestra, a 135-member ensemble that selected and performed melodic new works by young composers. As a struggling young musician in New York, he roomed with singer Guy Mitchell, sleeping on the floor for lack of furniture and once admitted to the press that the refrigerator there contained only one jar of mustard. He recorded for MGM Records (notably the LP album "Music of Acquaviva", MGM E3226), and his works include "The Cavalier's Ball" and "My Love, My Love", the latter recorded by his wife Joni James, who he married at St. Patrick's Cathedral on December 1, 1956) which reached Gold Record status at its release. Acquaviva was a resident of Rhode Island. Nick and Joni have two children adopted from Italy.

Acquaviva was credited in the jacket notes only by his last name. However, a number of composition credits are listed as "Nicholas Acquaviva"including the sample track posted above: "I Found A Rainbow". I was attracted to the album by the well executed cover design. The music is, full, lush and well engineered easy listening.

3 comments:

  1. Another that I have in my collection. Nice stuff from Acquaviva!

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  2. Can you please add a link to download this album I had it once and loved it!
    Thank you
    Duke
    duke4172@hotmail.com

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  3. Thanks Duke. Due to server space and object of this blog to introduce folks to music they may find interesting I normally only post a sample.

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