Alfred Newman (March 17, 1900 – February 17, 1970) was an American composer, arranger, and conductor of film music. From his start as a music prodigy, he came to be regarded as a respected figure in the history of film music. He won nine Academy Awards and was nominated 45 times, contributing to the Newmans being the most nominated Academy Award extended family, with a collective 92 nominations in various music categories.
In a career spanning more than four decades, Newman composed the scores for over 200 motion pictures. Some of his most famous scores include Wuthering Heights, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Mark of Zorro, How Green Was My Valley, The Song of Bernadette, Captain from Castile, All About Eve, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Anastasia, The Diary of Anne Frank, How The West Was Won, The Greatest Story Ever Told, and his final score, Airport, all of which were nominated for or won Academy Awards. He is perhaps best known for composing the fanfare which accompanies the studio logo at the beginning of 20th Century Fox's productions.
Newman was also highly regarded as a conductor, and arranged and conducted many scores by other composers, including George Gershwin, Charlie Chaplin, and Irving Berlin. He also conducted the music for many film adaptations of Broadway musicals (having worked on Broadway for ten years before coming to Hollywood), as well as many original Hollywood musicals.
He was among the first musicians to compose and conduct original music during Hollywood's Golden Age of movies, later becoming a respected and powerful music director in the history of Hollywood. Newman and two of his fellow composers, Max Steiner and Dimitri Tiomkin, were considered the "three godfathers of film music".
Birth and Death Data: Born March 17th, 1901 (New Haven), Died February 17th, 1970 (Hollywood)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1970
Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, composer, arranger, piano, songwriter
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 92 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||PBVE-68315||10-in.||10/13/1931||Who am I?||Cole McElroy's Spanish Ballroom Orchestra ; George Eichhorn||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-019805||10-in.||2/11/1938||The moon of Manakoora||Felix Knight ; Leo Reisman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-035307||10-in.||3/18/1939||The moon of Manakoora||Van Alexander Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||PBS-036374||10-in.||7/28/1939||(You took me) Out of this world||Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||PBS-036375||10-in.||7/28/1939||Comes love||Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||PBS-036376||10-in.||7/28/1939||My heart keeps crying||Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||PBS-036377||10-in.||7/28/1939||I'll take an option on you||Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||PBS-036378||10-in.||7/28/1939||I'm all a-tremble over you||Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||PBS-036379||10-in.||7/28/1939||Paradise||Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, piano|
|Victor||PBS-042386||10-in.||1/19/1940||Your kiss||Lou Bring ; Dorothy Lamour||Female vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Victor||BS-045989||10-in.||1/24/1940||Someday you'll find your bluebird||Enoch Light Orchestra ; Peggy Mann||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-046836||10-in.||2/6/1940||The moon of Manakoora||Native Islanders ; Johnny Kaonohi Pineapple||Male vocal solo, with instrumental quintet (Hawaiian)||composer|
|Victor||BS-047720||10-in.||2/28/1940||Your kiss||Mitchell Ayres ; Fashions-in-Music ; Mary Ann Mercer||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-053007||10-in.||5/20/1940||Adored one||Wayne King Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||composer|
|Columbia||W141670||10-in.||2/11/1926||Nothing else to do||Ruth Etting||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||W141671||10-in.||2/11/1926||Let's talk about my sweetie||Ruth Etting||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Columbia||W151826||10-in.||10/5/1931||Who am I?||Ted Wallace and his Campus Boys [California Ramblers]||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Columbia||W351109||10-in.||10/8/1931||Who am I?||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||songwriter|
|Brunswick||E16439-E16441||10-in.||9/23/1925||You told me to go||Charles Kaley||Male vocal solo, with violin, guitar, and piano||instrumentalist, piano|
|Brunswick||E16807-E16808||10-in.||10/30/1925||Miami||Al Jolson||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||conductor|
|Brunswick||E16809-E16810||10-in.||10/30/1925||Nobody but Fanny||Al Jolson||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||conductor|
|Brunswick||C1818||10-in.||3/28/1928||Mississippi mud||Abe Lyman ; Sharps and Flats||Jazz/dance band, with vocal||arranger|
|Brunswick||C1819||10-in.||3/28/1928||San||Abe Lyman ; Sharps and Flats||Jazz/dance band||arranger|
|Brunswick||C1832||10-in.||3/31/1928||Dirty hands! Dirty face!||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra ; Al Jolson||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||arranger|
|Brunswick||C1833||10-in.||3/31/1928||My mammy||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra ; Al Jolson||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||arranger|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Newman, Alfred," accessed September 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105210.
Newman, Alfred. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105210.
"Newman, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 September 2021.
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