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 51-75 of 198 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-81757 10-in. 2/28/1934 May I? Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-81760 10-in. 2/28/1934 She reminds me of you Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-81939 10-in. 3/16/1934 Goodnight, lovely little lady Leo Zollo and his Benjamin Franklin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-81940 10-in. 3/16/1934 She reminds me of you Leo Zollo and his Benjamin Franklin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor CS-81949 12-in. 3/16/1934 Musical presentation of Paramount picture We're not dressing George Hall ; Hotel Taft Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal solos and mixed vocal duet composer  
Victor BS-81958 10-in. 3/19/1934 Love thy neighbor Richard Himber ; Joey Nash ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-81959 10-in. 3/19/1934 May I? Richard Himber ; Joey Nash ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-82509 10-in. 5/10/1934 With my eyes wide open I'm dreaming Isham Jones Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-82518 10-in. 5/14/1934 With my eyes wide open I'm dreaming George Gould ; Ted Hanson ; Normandie Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-82574 10-in. 5/31/1934 Rolling in love Vincent Lopez ; Johnny Morris ; St. Regis Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-82596 10-in. 6/11/1934 Straight from the shoulder (Right from the heart) Richard Himber ; Joey Nash ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-83680 10-in. 8/6/1934 I'm hummin'—I'm whistlin'—I'm singin' Connecticut Yankees ; Rudy Vallée Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-84107 10-in. 8/17/1934 Don't let It bother you Fats Waller and his Rhythm Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and dialogue (take 1); with male vocal solo (take 2) songwriter  
Victor BS-84225 10-in. 9/7/1934 Don't let it bother you Sam Robbins Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-84402 10-in. 9/25/1934 College rhythm Jolly Coburn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-84404 10-in. 9/25/1934 Stay as sweet as you are Jolly Coburn Orchestra ; Roy Strom Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-85510 10-in. 2/25/1935 Lookie lookie here comes Cookie Fritz Heilbron ; Jan Garber Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-86261 10-in. 11/26/1934 I'm hummin', I'm whistlin', I'm singin' Hazel Glenn Female vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Victor BS-87447 10-in. 1/23/1935 Let's spill the beans Johnny Hauser ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-87448 10-in. 1/23/1935 Would there be love Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet composer  
Victor BS-88702 10-in. 2/14/1935 My heart is an open book Hal Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-88703 10-in. 2/14/1935 You got me doin' things Hal Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-88963 10-in. 5/10/1935 Paris in spring Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-88964 10-in. 5/10/1935 Bon jour mam'selle Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-92024 10-in. 5/23/1935 Paris in spring Frank Dailey ; Howard Du Lani ; Meadowbrook Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
(Results 51-75 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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