Nelson Riddle

About Nelson Riddle

Largely considered one of the greatest arrangers in American popular music, Nelson Riddle is still revered for his many musical contributions. After arranging and playing trombone in the 1940s bands of Charlie Spivak and Tommy Dorsey, Riddle garnered wide acclaim arranging for many of the major pop vocalists of his day, including Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Dean Martin, and others. Yet it was his immortal work with Frank Sinatra for Capitol in the '50s and '60s, that cemented Riddle's enduring legacy. He also supplied the scores to many major film and TV productions, even winning an Oscar for 1974's The Great Gatsby. Prior to his passing in 1985, he enjoyed a latter-career revival working closely on a trio of jazz albums with Linda Ronstadt, the second of which, Lush Life, won him a posthumously awarded Grammy.

    Oradell, NJ
  • BORN
    June 1, 1921

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