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George Bassman

Band, 1914-1997 US
Musician / Composer / Arranger of Pop

American composer, songwriter ("I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"), conductor, and arranger [born February 7, 1914 – died June 26, 1997]. Born in New York, Bassman was later raised in Boston and studied orchestration/composition at the Boston Conservatory with Toch and Strelitzer. He left home to play piano in a jazz group, and subsequently worked as an arranger for Fletcher Henderson in New York. Between 1931-1934 he arranged for dance orchestras, which is when Bassman and Ned Washington wrote "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" for the bandleader Tommy Dorsey. Bassman then worked in radio as an arranger for André Kostelanetz and CBS between 1934-1936. He joined ASCAP in 1936, and arranged the Broadway musicals "Alive and Kicking" and "Guys and Dolls." Shortly thereafter he moved to Hollywood where he orchestrated George Gershwin's music for "A Damsel in Distress," composed music for films by The Marx Brothers, and wrote or arranged music for such musicals as "Lady Be Good" and "Cabin in the Sky." Bassman also worked on "The Wizard of Oz," "Babes in Arms," and "For Me and My Gal."

PortraitRichard Hayes
voc US
PortraitLynn Roberts
voc US
PortraitPaula Stewart
voc *1929 US
Popular Tracks   
Main Title - The Clock, 1945 on Best JUDY GARLAND Movie Themes & Songs, Vol. 1 by Judy Garland
So Long Partner - From 'Riding the High Country' on So Long Partner by George Bassman
Main Title - The Postman Always Rings Twice, 1946 on Best JOHN GARFIELD Movie Themes by Various Artists
Finale - Mayerling (Tv), 1957 on Best MEL FERRER Movie Themes by Various Artists

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Title Artist Year Type
Ride The High Country / Mail Order BrideGeorge Bassman2004Album
The Gershwin YearsGeorge Bassman, Paula Stewart, Richard Hayes, Lynn Roberts1959Album
The Joe Louis StoryGeorge Bassman1953Album
The Gershwin YearsGeorge BassmanAlbum
Holiday Greetings From Gotham Recording CorporationDuke Ellington, Igor Gorin, Don Voorhees And His Orchestra, George BassmanAlbum
I'll Be Around / Theme For JoeGeorge BassmanAlbum
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