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".
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Birth and Death Data: Born March 17, 1901 (New Haven), Died February 17, 1970 (Hollywood)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1956
Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor, composer, arranger, piano, songwriter
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 26-50 of 94 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|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|
|Brunswick||C1834½||10-in.||3/31/1928||The varsity drag||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||arranger|
|Brunswick||C1112-C1115||10-in.||9/5/1927||Did you mean it?||Californians||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take C1115)||arranger|
|Brunswick||C1116-C1119||10-in.||9/5/1927||Charmaine||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take C1119)||arranger|
|Brunswick||C1707-C1709||10-in.||3/18/1928||Varsity drag||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (C1709)||arranger|
|Brunswick||C1710-C1712||10-in.||3/18/1928||Good news||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with vocal duet; without vocal (take C1712)||arranger|
|Brunswick||C1713-C1715||10-in.||3/18/1928||I think of what you used to think of me||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (C1715)||arranger|
|Brunswick||C1716-C1718||10-in.||3/18/1928||I’m waiting for ships that never come in||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (C1718)||arranger|
|Brunswick||XC1731-XC1732||12-in.||3/20/1928||Good news medley||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and vocal trio||arranger|
|Brunswick||XC1733-XC1735||12-in.||3/20/1928||Good news medley||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Jazz/dance band||arranger|
|Brunswick||C1736-C1738||10-in.||3/20/1928||Driftwood||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take C1738)||arranger|
|Brunswick||C1739-C1741||10-in.||3/20/1928||Bluebird, sing me a song||Abe Lyman’s California Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; without vocal (take C1741)||arranger|
|Edison||8935||10-in.||4/18/1923||Voodoo man||Criterion Quartet||Male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Decca||84038||3/3/1953||The hostess with the mostes' on the ball||Ethel Merman||conductor|
|Decca||84039||3/3/1953||Can't you use any money today ; International rag||Ethel Merman||conductor|
|Decca||84040||3/3/1953||Marrying for love||George Sanders||conductor|
|Decca||84041||3/3/1953||It's a lovely day today||Carol (Carole) Richards||conductor|
|Decca||84042||3/3/1953||You're just in love||Ethel Merman||conductor|
|Decca||84043||3/3/1953||(Dance to the music of) The ocarina||Carol (Carole) Richards||conductor|
|Decca||84044||3/3/1953||What chance have I with love||Donald O'Connor||conductor|
|Decca||84045||3/3/1953||Something to dance about||Donald O'Connor ; Carol (Carole) Richards||conductor|
|Decca||84046||3/3/1953||Best thing for you||Ethel Merman ; George Sanders||conductor|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Newman, Alfred," accessed June 7, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105210.
Newman, Alfred. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 7, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105210.
"Newman, Alfred." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 7 June 2023.
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LCNAR: Newman, Alfred, 1901-1970 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n85376784
Wikidata: Alfred Newman (composer) - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q367032
MusicBrainz: Alfred Newman - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/dbe22c4f-6a21-4b7c-ad09-e4048d1065bc
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