Harry Revel

Harry Revel (21 December 1905 – 3 November 1958) was a British-American composer of musical theatre.

Revel was born Harry Glaser in London, England; he was the son of Russian emigrants who had settled in England, Mrs. and Mrs. Jacob Glaser. Before emigrating to the United States in 1929, Glaser, using the name Revel, wrote musicals for productions in London, Paris, Copenhagen, and Vienna.

He was the second born of four children. His older brother William Revel was a dancer, his younger sister Rene was a singer, and his youngest brother Sam was a concierge in London who later became a travel agent in the United States. They were of Jewish heritage and took the last name "Revel" to honor the French soldier of that name who helped them to flee Europe.

One of Harry Revel's earliest jobs in the US was playing the piano in an "all Hawaiian" band. He wore dark make-up on his hands and face to appear Hawaiian. His mother, Queenie Revel, often sang with the band.

Once in the US, he worked on Broadway, writing the scores for Ziegfeld Follies of 1931, Meet My Sister and Are You With It? He later moved to Hollywood. He wrote scores for the films Sitting Pretty, Broadway Through a Keyhole, We're Not Dressing, She Loves Me Not, Shoot the Works, College Rhythm, Love in Bloom, Paris in the Spring, Stolen Harmony, Two for Tonight, Collegiate, Stowaway, Poor Little Rich Girl, Ali Baba Goes to Town, Wake Up and Live, You Can't Have Everything, Head Over Heels, Love and Kisses, Four Jacks and a Jill and Love Finds Andy Hardy.

Harry Revel collaborated with lyricists Mack Gordon, Mort Greene, Paul Francis Webster, Buddy Feyne and Arnold Horwitt. In 1934 he appeared in Hollywood Rhythm, a short film purporting to show the songwriting team of Mack Gordon and Harry Revel brainstorming the score for College Rhythm.

Revel co-produced and co-wrote the score (with Webster) for the 1944 Benny Fields musical Minstrel Man. The score was nominated for an Academy Award, a first for low-budget studio Producers Releasing Corporation. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for best original song in 1943, but lost to Irving Berlin's "White Christmas".

He wrote themes for Les Baxter's 1947 theremin exotica album, Music Out of the Moon.

Revel died in New York. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 21st, 1905 (London), Died November 3rd, 1958 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 194 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-62646 10-in. 6/10/1930 My sweetheart serenade Charles Dameron ; Henry Thies Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor PBS-68591 10-in. 10/25/1933 Many moons ago Nathaniel Finston ; Pickens Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor PBS-68592 10-in. 10/25/1933 You're such a comfort to me Nathaniel Finston ; Pickens Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor PBS-68593 10-in. 10/25/1933 May I? Pickens Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor PBS-68594 10-in. 10/25/1933 Good morning glory Pickens Sisters Female vocal trio, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor PBS-68604 10-in. 11/1/1933 Did you ever see a dream walking? Pickens Sisters Female vocal trio, with guitar and 2 pianos composer  
Victor PBS-68645 10-in. 11/20/1933 Good morning glory Tom Coakley ; Palace Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor PBS-68647 10-in. 11/20/1933 Many moons ago Armand Camgros ; Tom Coakley ; Palace Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor PBS-68648 10-in. 11/20/1933 Did you ever see a dream walking? Tom Coakley ; Palace Hotel Orchestra ; K. Ravazza Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal chorus composer  
Victor BS-71790 10-in. 11/23/1932 Underneath the Harlem moon Wilbur Daniels ; Washboard Rhythm Kings ; Leo Watson Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet composer  
Victor BSHQ-73107 10-in. 7/13/1932 Listen to the German band George Olsen and his Music ; Ethel Shutta Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-73358 10-in. 9/2/1932 "— And so to bed" George Olsen and his Music ; Ethel Shutta ; Paul Small Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet composer  
Victor BS-73367 10-in. 9/7/1932 There will be a girl Frank Luther ; Victor Arden-Phil Ohman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-73368 10-in. 9/7/1932 I stumbled over you and fell in love Frank Luther ; Victor Arden-Phil Ohman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-73737 10-in. 10/3/1932 Underneath the Harlem moon Joe Rines Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and male vocal chorus composer  
Victor BS-73973 10-in. 11/17/1932 A boy and a girl were dancing Jack Fulton ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-73980 10-in. 11/22/1932 A boy and a girl were dancing Peter De Rose Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet composer  
Victor BS-73983 10-in. 11/22/1932 Underneath the Harlem moon Marshall Sisters ; Peter De Rose Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal trio composer  
Victor BS-74771 10-in. 1/5/1933 It's within your power Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor LBS-74772 10-in. (33-1/3 rpm) 1/5/1933 It's within your power Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-74773 10-in. 1/5/1933 It's within your power Don Bestor Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-74792 10-in. 1/11/1933 Say, young lady Hotcha Gardner ; George Olsen and his Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-75214 10-in. 2/14/1933 A tree was a tree Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-75411 10-in. 3/19/1933 Low down upon the Harlem River Ben Pollack Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-75862 10-in. 6/12/1933 My! Oh, my! Eddie South International Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
(Results 1-25 of 194 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Revel, Harry," accessed July 29, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105072.

Revel, Harry. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105072.

"Revel, Harry." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 29 July 2021.

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