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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Portraits - Frank De Vol

Come On-a My House
Frank De Vol And His Orchestra
Illustration: Arnold Roth
Photograph: Jon Engstead
Columbia Records CL 1108

From the back cover: Since joining Columbia as West Coast Director of Popular Artists and Repertoire, he (De Vol) has had a hand in some of the biggest hits of the season. Beginning his musical career with Horace Heidt's Orchestra, he later moved on to George Olsen's group, thence to Alvino Rey, with the King Sisters. In 1943 he settled down in Hollywood as musical director for a radio station and began his extensive recording career two years later. In addition to arranging and conducting, Mr. DeVol has been musical director for such television shows as the Rosemary Clooney Show, the Dinah Shore Show and the Betty White Show. In this collections, he establishes himself firmly as one of the most imaginative and gifted arrangers of today with a series of witty and tuneful "portraits" of twelve great recording artists.

From Billboard - May 12, 1958: A series of suave instrumental re-workings by arranger-conductor Frank De Vol of a list of tunes whose Columbia Record waxing sold over a million copies. he "portrait" aspect is due to the platter's salute to such artists as Johnny Mathis, Mitch Miller, Rosemary Clooney and others originally associated with the tunes. A catchy cover, featuring sketches of the saluted artists, lends appeal.

Chances Are
On The Street Where You Live
You Belong To Me
Yellow Rose Of Texas
The Little White Cloud That Cried
Stranger In Paradise (From "Kismet")
My Heart Cries For You
Come On-A My House
Moments To Remember
Whatever Will Be Will Be

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