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 176-198 of 198 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-Test-1182 10-in. 2/16/1934 Did you ever see a dream walking? Gilbert Diaz Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 149432 10-in. 11/18/1929 Try dancing Arthur Ross and his Westerners ; Robert Wood Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Columbia W151795 10-in. 9/18/1931 Help yourself to happiness Benny Goodman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W152303 10-in. 9/20/1932 Underneath the Harlem moon Howard Joyner Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia W152326 10-in. 12/9/1932 Underneath the Harlem moon Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra ; Katherine Handy Lewis Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Columbia W152338 10-in. 12/27/1932 It's within your power Enric Madriguera Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W152366 10-in. 2/2/1933 A tree was a tree Edgewater Beach Hotel Orchestra ; Mark Fisher Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W152402 10-in. 5/2/1933 An old, old man with an old, old pipe Ted Lewis and his Band Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia W152424 10-in. 6/23/1933 My! Oh, my! Gertrude Niesen Female vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Columbia W152506 10-in. 9/21/1933 Where you were the girl on the scooter Harry Reser’s Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo (takes 1 and 2); with female-male vocal duet (takes 3 and 4) composer  
Columbia W152527 10-in. 10/16/1933 You're my past, present and future Ben Selvin and his Orchestra [Emil Coleman Orchestra] Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W152563 10-in. 11/23/1933 Did you ever see a dream walking? Meyer Davis Orchestra ; The Three Rascals Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio composer  
Columbia W152564 10-in. 11/23/1933 Many moons ago Meyer Davis Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W152606 10-in. 5/7/1934 Love thy neighbor Henry Busse and his Music Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W152610 10-in. 5/11/1934 She walks like you Earl Burtnett ; Drake Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W152621 10-in. 7/10/1934 Straight from the shoulder (Right from the heart) Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W152729 10-in. 5/4/1934 Good night, lovely little lady Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; George Beuler Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W152730 10-in. 5/4/1934 Once in a blue moon Benny Krueger’s Orchestra ; George Beuler Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick E36786 10-in. 5/27/1931 On a certain Sunday Ozzie Nelson Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Brunswick E36909 10-in. 7/7/1931 Help yourself to happiness Casa Loma Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Brunswick C5854 10-in. June 1930 My sweetheart serenade Tom Gerun Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with vocal; without vocal (take G) composer  
Brunswick [Br (U.K.) cat 134-b] 10-in. approximately Oct. 1927 Walking on air Ord Hamilton ; Kel Keech Male vocal duet, with banjulele songwriter  
Brunswick [Br (U.K.) cat 187-b] 10-in. July 1928 Westward bound Fred Elizalde Piano solo songwriter  
(Results 176-198 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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