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 21, 1905 (London), Died November 3, 1958 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1947
Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 26-50 of 198 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-76147||10-in.||5/18/1933||It was a night in June||Bert Lown Orchestra ; Ted Holt||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-76169||10-in.||5/19/1933||An orchid to you||Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-76229||10-in.||5/29/1933||It was a night in June||Virginia Hamilton ; Jan Garber Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-77075||10-in.||10/25/1933||Doin' the uptown lowdown||Parker Gibbs ; Ted Weems Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-77839||10-in.||10/3/1933||Doin' the uptown lowdown||Isham Jones Orchestra ; Joe Martin||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-77840||10-in.||10/3/1933||You're my past, present and future||Isham Jones Orchestra ; Joe Martin||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-78058||10-in.||10/2/1933||You're my past, present and future||Ernie Holst ; Hotel Lexington Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-78268||10-in.||10/23/1933||Many moons ago||Lanny Ross||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BS-78305||10-in.||10/23/1933||When you were the girl on the scooter||Roy Bargy ; Al Dary ; Peggy Healy||Female-male vocal duet, with 2 pianos and instrumental trio||composer|
|Victor||BS-78802||10-in.||11/27/1933||Did you ever see a dream walking?||Reggie Childs ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-78804||10-in.||11/27/1933||Many moons ago||Reggie Childs ; Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-78826||10-in.||12/1/1933||Did you ever see a dream walking?||Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||PBS-79148||10-in.||4/5/1934||Love thy neighbor||Raymond Paige Orchestra ; The Three Rhythm Kings||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Victor||PBS-79149||10-in.||4/5/1934||Once in a blue moon||Raymond Paige Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||PBS-79375||10-in.||9/25/1934||Take a number from one to ten||Tom Coakley ; Palace Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-79376||10-in.||9/25/1934||Let's give three cheers for love||Tom Coakley ; Palace Hotel Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-79555||10-in.||1/17/1935||You got me doin' things||Raymond Paige Orchestra ; Rhythmettes||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal ensemble||composer|
|Victor||PBS-79559||10-in.||1/17/1935||My heart is an open book||Hugh Grant ; Raymond Paige Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-80618||10-in.||6/15/1934||Rolling in love||Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-80634||10-in.||6/18/1934||I'm hummin', I'm whistlin', I'm singin'||Red Nichols ; Pennies ; Songcopators||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-80637||10-in.||6/18/1934||Straight from the shoulder (Right from the heart)||King Harvey ; Red Nichols ; Pennies||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-80943||10-in.||10/30/1934||Take a number from one to ten||Art Kassel ; Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-80944||10-in.||10/30/1934||Stay as sweet as you are||Art Kassel ; Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra ; Norman Ruvell||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-81005||10-in.||12/27/1933||Good morning glory||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Loretta Lee||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-81006||10-in.||12/27/1933||You're such a comfort to me||George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra ; Loretta Lee||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Revel, Harry," accessed August 13, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105072.
Revel, Harry. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 13, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105072.
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