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 76-100 of 198 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-92028 10-in. 5/23/1935 Bon jour mam'selle Frank Dailey ; Howard Du Lani ; Meadowbrook Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-92769 10-in. 7/26/1935 I wish I were Aladdin Enric Madriguera Orchestra ; Tony Sacco Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-92770 10-in. 7/26/1935 Takes two to make a bargain Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio songwriter  
Victor BS-92972 10-in. 8/14/1935 Without a word of warning California Ramblers ; Ted Wallace Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-92973 10-in. 8/14/1935 From the top of your head (To the tip of your toes) California Ramblers ; Eddie Lloyd Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-92976 10-in. 8/14/1935 When Gimble hits the cymbal California Ramblers ; Eddie Lloyd Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-92985 10-in. 8/19/1935 From the top of your head (To the tip of your toes) Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-92988 10-in. 8/19/1935 Without a word of warning Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-95538 10-in. 10/21/1935 You hit the spot Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-95541 10-in. 10/21/1935 I feel like a feather in the breeze Stuart Allen ; Richard Himber ; Ritz-Carlton Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-97626 10-in. 7/21/1936 A star fell from out of heaven Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-98155 10-in. 11/26/1935 I feel like a feather in the breeze California Ramblers ; Eddie Lloyd Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-98158 10-in. 11/25/1935 You hit the spot Little Ramblers ; Ted Wallace Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-99919 10-in. 3/27/1936 It's you I'm talkin' about Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-99920 10-in. 3/27/1936 Will I ever know? Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-101133 10-in. 3/27/1936 Will I ever know? Red Norvo ; Stew Pletcher Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-101260 10-in. 6/9/1936 You've gotta eat your spinach baby Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-101646 10-in. 6/1/1936 But definitely Charlie Barnet ; Laura Deane ; Glen Island Casino Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-101648 10-in. 6/1/1936 When I'm with you Charlie Barnet ; Glen Island Casino Orchestra ; Bobby Parks Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-101865 10-in. 5/25/1936 But definitely Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-101866 10-in. 5/25/1936 When I'm with you Al Bowlly ; Ray Noble Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-102409 10-in. 8/3/1936 A star fell out of heaven Charlie Barnet ; Glen Island Casino Orchestra ; Joe Hoste Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-102667 10-in. 6/17/1936 Oh, my goodness Harry Blair ; Washboard Wonders Male vocal solo, with washboard band songwriter  
Victor BS-102668 10-in. 6/17/1936 You've gotta eat your spinach, baby Harry Blair ; Washboard Wonders Male vocal solo, with washboard band songwriter  
Victor BS-0776 10-in. 10/2/1936 To Mary, with love Jerry Cooper ; Eddy Duchin Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
(Results 76-100 of 198 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Revel, Harry," accessed August 16, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105072.

Revel, Harry. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 16, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105072.

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