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Nelson Riddle

tb, 1921-1985 US, Oradell, New Jersey
Singer / Composer / Arranger of Jazz and Pop
A.k.a. Nelson Smock Riddle Jr.

Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. (June 1, 1921 – October 6, 1985) was an American arranger, composer, bandleader and orchestrator whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s. His work for Capitol Records kept such vocalists as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney and Keely Smith household names. He found commercial and critical success again in the 1980s with a trio of Platinum albums with Linda Ronstadt. His orchestrations earned an Academy Award and three Grammy Awards.

        
Instruments
  • Trombone
  • Vocals
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
Popular Tracks   
Lolita Ya Ya on Lolita by Nelson Riddle
Get Me To The Church On Time - Remastered 2004 on Rosie Solves the Swinging Riddle by Rosemary Clooney
The Theme From Route 66 on Route 66 And Other TV Themes by Nelson Riddle
Lisbon Antigua on The Best Of Nelson Riddle by Nelson Riddle
Day In Day Out on Work From Home with Ella Fitzgerald by Ella Fitzgerald
There's No You on Lolita by Nelson Riddle
My Three Sons on Route 66 And Other TV Themes by Nelson Riddle
All Of Me on Work From Home with Ella Fitzgerald by Ella Fitzgerald
Shine On Harvest Moon - Remastered 2004 on Rosie Solves the Swinging Riddle by Rosemary Clooney
Gabrielle on Paris When It Sizzles by Nelson Riddle

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
To Whom It May ConcernNat King Cole, Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, The First Church Of Deliverance Choir2015Compil.
15 Essentials Of Nelson RiddleNelson Riddle2014Album
Let's Face The MusicNelson Riddle2012Album
Matt Sings Nelson SwingsMatt Monro & Nelson Riddle2008Album
A Perfect Mix Frank Sinatra & Nelson RiddleFrank Sinatra & Nelson Riddle2007Compil.
Sing A Song With Riddle & Hey Diddle RiddleNelson Riddle2006Compil.
Oklahoma / Can CanNelson Riddle2005Compil.
Paris When It Sizzles / Interprets Great Music Great Films Great SoundsNelson Riddle2005Compil.
Sea Of Dreams / Love TideNelson Riddle2004Compil.
Special Filter T.V. Theme / Silk Cut T.V. ThemeJacques Loussier / Nelson Riddle2003Single
Route 66 And Other Tv Themes / More Hit Tv ThemesNelson Riddle2002Compil.
Batman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Nelson Riddle / Neal Hefti2000Album
A Touch Of ClassNelson Riddle1998Compil.
She Loves Me / There's Love And There's Love And There's LoveJack Jones, Jack Elliott, Nelson Riddle1998Compil.
The Joy Of Living / Love Is A Game Of PokerNelson Riddle1997Compil.
Instrumental FavoritesNelson Riddle1995Compil.
The Best Of "The Capitol Years"Nelson Riddle1993Compil.
The Incomparable Nat ¨King¨ ColeNat King Cole ,With Special Appearances By Ella Fitzgerald, The Oscar Peterson Trio, Stan Getz, Nelson Riddle1991Album
Batman Original TV Soundtrack ThemeNelson Riddle1989Single
Can-Can (Original Soundtrack)Frank Sinatra - Shirley MacLaine - Maurice Chevalier - Louis Jordan - Nelson Riddle1988Compil.
The Nelson Riddle TouchNelson Riddle1987Compil.
20 Grandes ExitosFrank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle1984Compil.
Top Hat Fred AstaireYehudi Menuhin & Stéphane Grappelli Arranged And Conducted By Nelson Riddle1981Compil.
Changing ColorsNelson Riddle1979Compil.
De GuelloNelson Riddle1978Single
It Had To Be YouNelson Riddle1974Single
What 'll I DoNelson Riddle1974Single
The Great GatsbyNelson Riddle, Nelson Riddle And His Orchestra1974Album
I MaestriNelson Riddle1973Compil.
Vive Legrand! - Nelson Riddle Salutes Michel LegrandNelson Riddle1973Album
A Festival Of Film MusicFrank Chacksfield, Nelson Riddle, David Rose, Maurice Jarre With Larry Adler, Richard Attenborough1972Album
Zenith Presents Nat King Cole And Nelson RiddleNat King Cole And Nelson Riddle1972Compil.
His Way!Frank Sinatra Jr. Arranged And Conducted By Nelson Riddle1972Album
Changing ColorsNelson Riddle1971Album
Brass - Reeds & Strings101 Strings With Nelson Riddle1971Album
Vivere / I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over YouTito Schipa / Nelson Riddle1971Single
Stairway '71Nelson Riddle1971Album
CommunicationNelson Riddle1971Album
Nelson Riddle Arranges And Conducts 101 StringsNelson Riddle And The 101 Strings1970Album
For Swinging LoversNelson Riddle1969Album
British Columbia SuiteNelson Riddle1969Album
The Riddle Of TodayNelson Riddle1968Album
Contemporary Sound Of Nelson RiddleNelson Riddle1968Album
Batman - Banda Sonora Original De La Serie Para TvNelson Riddle1968Single
Conducts The Bright & The BeautifulNelson Riddle1967Album
El DoradoNelson Riddle1967Single
Thoroughly Modern Millie / See The CheetahNelson Riddle1967Single
Music For Wives & LoversNelson Riddle1967Album
El Dorado (The Original Music From The Paramount Motion Picture)Nelson Riddle1967Album
Where Were You When I Needed You / On A Little Street On SingaporeNelson Riddle1966Single
Batman (Exclusive Original Television Soundtrack Album)Nelson Riddle1966Album
Batman ThemeNelson Riddle1966Single
Bande Originale Du Feuilleton US Télévisé BatmanNelson Riddle1966Single
Batman (Exclusive Original Television Soundtrack Album)Nelson Riddle1966Single
Batman - Soundtrack De TelevisionNelson Riddle1966Single
A Rage To LiveNelson Riddle / Ferrante & Teicher1965Album
Harlow Original SoundtrackAl Ham, Nelson Riddle1965Album
Theme From "Skyscraper" / Marriage On The RocksNelson Riddle1965Single
"NAT" An Orchestral Portrait Of Nat King ColeNelson Riddle1965Album
Paris When It Sizzles [Music From The Original Score Of The Paramount Motion Picture]Nelson Riddle1964Album
What A Way To Go! (Main Title) / Happy HouseboatNelson Riddle1964Single
Frank Sinatra's Eminent EvergreensFrank Sinatra & Nelson Riddle1964Single
What A Way To Go! (Original Soundtrack Score)Nelson Riddle1964Album
Me And My ShadowNelson Riddle1964Single
White On White Shangri-La Charade And Other Hits Of 1964Nelson Riddle1964Album
Interprets Great Music Great Films Great SoundsNelson Riddle1964Album
The Rogues Composed And Conducted By Nelson RiddleNelson Riddle1964Album
Ballad Of Jed ClampettNelson Riddle1963Single
The Best Of Nelson RiddleNelson Riddle1963Compil.
Ballad Of Jed ClampettNelson Riddle1963Single
SupercarNelson Riddle1963Single
The Best Of Nelson RiddleNelson Riddle1963Compil.
Oscar Peterson & Nelson RiddleOscar Peterson & Nelson Riddle1963Album
My Special Dream / It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, WorldNelson Riddle1963Single
Come Blow Your Horn (Original Score From The Paramount Motion Picture)Nelson Riddle1963Album
Connie's ThemeNelson Riddle1963Single
Ella Swings Brightly With NelsonElla Fitzgerald With Nelson Riddle1962Single
Magic Moments From "The Gay Life"Nelson Riddle1962Album
Naked City Theme / The Defenders ThemeNelson Riddle1962Single
Route 66 Theme / Lolita Ya YaNelson Riddle1962Single
LolitaNelson Riddle1962Single
Lolita - The Original Sound Track RecordingNelson Riddle1962Album
Sings Great StandardsElla Fitzgerald, Nelson Riddle1962Single
Ella Swings Gently With NelsonElla Fitzgerald, Nelson Riddle1962Album
Ella Swings Brightly With NelsonElla Fitzgerald - Nelson Riddle1962Album
Bon Soir Lisboa / Siesta In Sevilla / Autumn In Rio / ZiganetteNelson Riddle1962Single
Love Is A Game Of PokerNelson Riddle1962Album
Rosie Solves The Swingin' Riddle!Rosemary Clooney Arranged & Conducted By Nelson Riddle1961Album
"Hits Forever"Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Les Baxter1961Single
Love TideNelson Riddle1961Album
Dance To The Music Of TenderloinNelson Riddle1961Album
Siesta In SevillaNelson Riddle1960Single
The UntouchablesNelson Riddle1960Album
The Joy Of LivingNelson Riddle1960Single
This Time I'm Swingin'Dean Martin Orchestra Conducted By Nelson Riddle1960Album
What Now My Love - Sensational Shirley BasseyShirley Bassey With Nelson Riddle1959Compil.
Ting-A-Lay-ONelson Riddle1959Single
The Joy Of LivingNelson Riddle1959Album
Nelson Riddle Plays GershwinNelson Riddle1959Single
Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blue / Walkin'Nelson Riddle1958Single
Sea Of DreamsNelson Riddle1958Album
Around The WorldNat King Cole With Nelson Riddle1957Single
J'Entends L'AmourNat King Cole Accompagné Par Nelson Riddle1957Single
Nelson Riddle Conducts Selections From Frank Sinatra's "Johnny Concho"Nelson Riddle1956Single
Keep Your Eyes On The HandsJane Russell With Nelson Riddle1956Single
I Hear You Knocking / Theme From Route 66Smiley Lewis / Nelson RiddleSingle
Ol' Mac DonaldFrank Sinatra, Nelson RiddleSingle
Drive-InNelson RiddleSingle
Theme From "Route 66"Nelson RiddleSingle
Fiddler On The RoofNelson RiddleSingle
Ella Swings Gently With Nelson RiddleElla Fitzgerald With Nelson RiddleSingle
Songs And Story Of Nelson Riddle Vol. 4Nelson RiddleCompil.
Singing And SwingingFrank Sinatra With Two Swinging Bands Billy May & Nelson RiddleCompil.
Theme From The Proud OnesNelson RiddleSingle
The Mountain's High / Route 66 ThemeDick And Dee Dee / Nelson RiddleSingle
Don't Drink The Water / Freddie's New SlacksNelson RiddleSingle
Capitol 4-Star Special Vol. 6Nelson Riddle, George Shearing, Paul Weston, Jackie GleasonAlbum
Turn The Lights Down LowNelson RiddleSingle
Gee Mom / Little Old New YorkKitty Ford / Nelson RiddleSingle
De GuelloNelson RiddleSingle
Swinging For YouDanny Williams & Nelson RiddleAlbum
Come A-Wandering With Me / Oh, Mein LiebchenNelson RiddleSingle
Water Fantasy 2Nelson Riddle, Larry SandsAlbum
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