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 186 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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Revel, Harry," accessed March 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105072.
Revel, Harry. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105072.
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