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Robert Russell Bennett

Robert Russell Bennett (June 15, 1894 – August 18, 1981) was an American composer and arranger, best known for his orchestration of many well-known Broadway and Hollywood musicals by other composers such as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers.

In 1957 and 2008, Bennett received Tony Awards recognizing his orchestrations for Broadway shows. Early in his career, he was often billed as Russell Bennett.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 15th, 1894 (Kansas City), Died August 18th, 1981 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1920 - 1944

Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, arranger

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-23645 10-in. 1/26/1920 Swanee All Star Trio Instrumental trio arranger  
OKeh S-70815 10-in. Aug. 1922 The world is waiting for the sunrise Markel's Orchestra Jazz/dance band arranger  
Decca L 3491 10-in. 8/4/1944 Oklahoma! (Symphonic selections): Part 1 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra arranger  
Decca L 3492 10-in. 8/4/1944 Oklahoma! (Symphonic selections): Part 2 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra arranger  
Decca L 3493 10-in. 8/4/1944 Oklahoma! (Symphonic selections): Part 3 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra arranger  
Decca L 3494 10-in. 8/4/1944 Oklahoma! (Symphonic selections): Part 4 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra arranger  
Decca L 3499 12-in. 8/9/1944 Suite from Porgy and Bess, part 1 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra arranger  
Decca L 3503 12-in. 8/9/1944 Suite from Porgy and Bess: Part 2 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra arranger  
Decca L 3504 12-in. 8/9/1944 Suite from Porgy and Bess: Part 3 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra arranger  
Decca L 3505 12-in. 8/9/1944 Suite from Porgy and Bess: Part 4 Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra arranger  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bennett, Robert Russell," accessed April 21, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103211.

Bennett, Robert Russell. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 21, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103211.

"Bennett, Robert Russell." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 21 April 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103211

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