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 126-150 of 198 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-09594 10-in. 7/14/1937 Danger! Love at work Maxine Grey ; Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-09795 10-in. 11/8/1937 I want to be in Winchell's column Mack Gordon ; Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-09796 10-in. 11/8/1937 Sweet someone Mack Gordon ; Ozzie Nelson Orchestra ; Harry Revel Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-011322 10-in. 7/15/1937 The loveliness of you Joan Brooks ; Jolly Coburn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-011323 10-in. 7/15/1937 Afraid to dream Joan Brooks ; Jolly Coburn Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-011656 10-in. 8/5/1937 Afraid to dream Norman, Cloutier ; Jean Sablon Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor BS-011657 10-in. 8/5/1937 J'ai peur de rever Norman, Cloutier ; Jean Sablon Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor BS-013881 10-in. 9/28/1937 I've got my heart set on you Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-013885 10-in. 9/28/1937 Laugh your way through life Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-015561 10-in. 10/27/1937 I want to be in Winchell's column Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio songwriter  
Victor BS-015562 10-in. 10/27/1937 Sweet someone Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-015838 10-in. 11/5/1937 I've got my heart set on you Larry Clinton Orchestra ; Bea Wain Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-017087 10-in. 11/19/1937 Be a good sport Jimmy Ray ; Southern Serenaders Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-017444 10-in. 12/1/1937 Sweet as a song Carmen Lombardo ; Guy Lombardo ; Royal Canadians Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-017460 10-in. 12/3/1937 Sweet as a song Al Bowlly Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-018132 10-in. 1/10/1938 In old Chicago Dick Stabile Orchestra ; Burt Shaw Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-019348 10-in. 6/22/1938 Meet the beat of my heart Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor PBS-019349 10-in. 6/22/1938 What do you know about love Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-021175 10-in. 3/16/1938 An old straw hat Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-021434 10-in. 3/11/1938 An old straw hat Frank Dailey ; Howard DuLany ; Stop and Go Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-023207 10-in. 5/11/1938 Where in the world Bob Allen ; Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-023208 10-in. 5/11/1938 In any language Bob Allen ; Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-023250 10-in. 5/19/1938 In any language Shep Fields ; Phyllis Kenny ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-023252 10-in. 5/19/1938 Where in the world Hal Derwin ; Shep Fields ; Rippling Rhythm Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-023706 10-in. 6/20/1938 What do you know about love? Bob Allen ; Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
(Results 126-150 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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