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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Like Blue - Andre Previn & David Rose

Black And Blue
Like Blue
Andre Previn & David Rose
Producer: Jesse Kaye
Photograph: Gerald Hochman
Recorded at the RCA Victor Studio in Hollywood
Engineer: Al Schmitt
MGM E3811

From the back cover: Andre Previn

Hollywood, a land of fabulous success stories, can point to none more fabulous that that of Andre Previn. Young in years, a preponderance of experience has gained him recognition as one of America's outstanding concert pianists, an established recording artist and one of the screen's foremost musical composers and conductors at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer where he has been employed since 1945.

He is currently musical director for two of M-G-M's most important pictures – "Bells Are Ringing" and "The Subterraneans," both produced by Arthur Freed.

Previn's talent has been channeled into all facets of the musical world – from arranger to composer-conductor and music director. In fourteen years he has composed and scored thirty pictures. He has been nominated for an Academy Award five times, and won the Oscar for ballet in "Invitation to The Dance." Truly a year of achievement, he received the Berlin Film Festival Award for his best original score in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's "Bad Day At Black Rock," and the "Downbeat" Poll in two categories: Best Motion Picture Composer and Best Motion Picture Arranger in 1958. In 1959, Samuel Goldwyn chose Previn to score "Porgy And Bess."

Previn's composing encompasses both jazz and classical music. He has written piano solo works, chamber music and in 1958 completed his first symphony. He has also originated a great deal of material in the popular field. He began his recording career in 1945 and has many albums to his credit. These run the gamut from jazz versions of Broadway shows, such as, "My Fair Lady," "Pal Joey," etc., to the classics. In 1959, with David Rose, he won a Grammy Award for their recording of "Like Young."

Previn has presented concerts, as pianist and conductor, in New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and for seven years in succession with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in the Hollywood Bowl. He has appeared for recitals or presented chamber music in most of the major cities in the United States and in Europe and is famous for his jazz concerts throughout the United States.

On television, Previn has made guest appearances with Dinah Shore, Dean Martin, Steven Allen, Ernie Ford, Ernie Kovacs and Rosemary Clooney and has appeared on a Westinghouse special.

Previn was born April 6th in Berlin, Germany, where his father was a piano teacher. The elder Previn discovered that his young son, at the age of four, had rare musical abilities. When he was six, Andre began to study music with his father extensively. In the 1930's, just in time to miss the horror that followed, the family left Berlin. Andre's older brother, Steve, had preceded the family to the United States, and taken a job in the motion picture studios of Hollywood. As a result, the rest of the Previns followed him there. The father resumed his teaching of the piano, and Andre was enrolled in Beverly Hills High School.

In May, 1950, he was inducted into the Armed Services. Two years later, upon being honorably discharged, he returned immediately to his film work, his recordings and his concert tours.

David Rose

King-size in talent and heart is a brief but apt description of triple-threat conductor-composer-arranger David Rose – one of the top-ranking music personalties in the world today. His name is synonymous with the finest in both classical and popular music presentation in the recording, film, radio, television and concert fields. His versatility and high standards in musical achievements have made him world-renowned.

In any given month, David Rose will compose and direct an outstanding score for an important screen musical, fly to some major city throughout the world to guest-conduct a famed symphony orchestra or compose and record a new and delightful musical number to bring pleasure to the public.

He started with M-G-M Records when it was organized in 1946. During this time, he consistently has been on the top list of record sales for the company. His albums are a must for the record collections of all music lovers. His popular compositions include "Holiday For Strings," "Our Waltz," "Dance of The Spanish Onion" and "One Love" – now rated as standards.

A recent national survey showed that David Rose music is being used as theme songs for twenty-two different television programs. The survey also proved that some areas in the United States is listening to David Rose music over radio and television every second, day and night on a continuous basis.

On television, he has achieved recognition for his outstanding music direction of the Red Skelton Show, Fred Astaire Show, Bob Hope Show, Jack Benny Show, Dean Martin Show, Ziv-TV Productions and "Bonanza." Rose won an Emmy Award for his outstanding music directions of the Astaire Show. He also won the Grammy Award in 1959 for his phonograph recording of "Like Young" which he did with Andre Previn. Also in 1959, he scored the UI motion picture, "Operation Petticoat", and in 1960, M-G-M's "Please Don't Eat The Daisies."

As a guest conductor, Rose has led symphony orchestras in major cities throughout the world. He has appeared with the Chicago, Milwaukee, Portland, San Francisco and Hollywood Bowl orchestras among many in this country. He has also conducted symphonies in Copenhagen, London, Paris, Berlin, Rome and other metropolitan centers. He has been honored by the British Broadcasting Corporation in London by a special David Rose Tribute Show featuring many of his compositions.

Unlikely through it seems, Rose would have really preferred to become a railroad engineer. He has turned his early desire into a rather large hobby. He has one of the most complete and detailed collections of miniature live steam engines. His miniature railroad track encircles his one-acre Sherman Oaks estate. He has built or brought three engines, and he has a complete shop for repairs and construction of parts.

Though born in London, he was brought to Chicago by his parents while still a small child. Rose's musical talent at the piano brought him acclaim when in high school. His remarkable keyboard dexterity opened doors at NBC, Chicago. He became network pianist and arranger there. Then, he joined the Ted Fio Rito Orchestra. He came to Hollywood in 1938 and was associated with the Mutual Broadcasting System. He started to compose, conduct and write scores for motion pictures. During World War II, he served four years with the U.S. Air Force. When honorably discharged, he returned to Hollywood to resume his professional career.

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