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Alfred Newman

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  
(Results 1-25 of 92 records)

Citation

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105210

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