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 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 (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  
(Results 26-50 of 198 records)

Citation

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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