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 101-125 of 198 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-0979||10-in.||10/15/1936||To Mary—with love||Tempo King ; Kings of Tempo ; Queenie Ada Rubin||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-02165||10-in.||10/18/1936||Head over heels in love||Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-02169||10-in.||10/18/1936||May I have the next romance with you?||Jack Leonard ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-02463||10-in.||11/5/1936||Goodnight my love||Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Ella Fitzgerald||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-03033||10-in.||11/10/1936||One never knows—does one?||Barry McKinley ; Ruby Newman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-03205||10-in.||11/12/1936||Goodnight, my love||Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-03207||10-in.||11/12/1936||One never knows-does one?||Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-03208||10-in.||11/12/1936||May I have the next romance with you||Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-03209||10-in.||11/12/1936||Head over heels in love||Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-03710||10-in.||12/10/1936||Goodnight, my love||Jerry Cooper||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-04202||10-in.||1/7/1937||Lookin' around corners for you||Three Esquires ; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-04235||10-in.||1/14/1937||Goodnight my love||Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Frances Hunt||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-06294||10-in.||3/5/1937||It's swell of you||Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-06295||10-in.||3/5/1937||Never in a million years||Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-06635||10-in.||3/12/1937||Never in a million years||Ozzie Nelson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-06639||10-in.||3/12/1937||It's swell of you||Ozzie Nelson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-06857||10-in.||4/8/1937||I hum a waltz||Ted Mack Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and female vocal trio||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-06892||10-in.||4/15/1937||Adiós mi amor||Marimba Pan-Americana||Marimba band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-07717||10-in.||4/5/1937||I hum a waltz||Buddy Clark ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-07786||10-in.||4/13/1937||There's a lull in my life||Kay Thompson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-07807||10-in.||4/15/1937||Wake up and live||Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ; Edythe Wright||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-07823||10-in.||4/18/1937||There's a lull in my life||Shep Fields ; Bobby Goday ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-07826||10-in.||4/18/1937||I'm bubbling over||Shep Fields ; Bobby Goday ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-09575||10-in.||7/7/1937||The loveliness of you||Bob Allen ; Hal Kemp Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-09578||10-in.||7/7/1937||Afraid to dream||Benny Goodman Orchestra ; Betty Van||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
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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