Adolph Deutsch

Adolph Deutsch (20 October 1897 – 1 January 1980) was British-American composer, conductor and arranger. He was born in London, England. In December 1911, he emigrated to the United States, settling in Buffalo.

In 1914, Deutsch was "a Buffalo movie house musician", accompanying silent films. Deutsch began his composing career on Broadway in the 1920s and 1930s before working for Hollywood films beginning in the late 1930s. For Broadway, he orchestrated Irving Berlin's As Thousands Cheer and George and Ira Gershwin's Pardon My English.

Deutsch won Oscars for his background music for Oklahoma! (1955), and for conducting the music for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Annie Get Your Gun (1950). He was nominated for The Band Wagon (1953) and the 1951 film version of Show Boat, for which he conducted the orchestra. For Broadway and Hollywood, he conducted, composed and arranged music, but did not write songs, not even for the Broadway shows on which he worked. In addition to his music for westerns and his conducting of the scores for musicals, Deutsch composed for films noir, including The Mask of Dimitrios (1944), The Maltese Falcon (1941), and Nobody Lives Forever (1946), as well as Little Women (the 1949 adaptation), and the Billy Wilder comedies Some Like It Hot (1959), and The Apartment (1960).

He retired in 1961 and died in 1980 at his home in Palm Desert, California.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 20th, 1897 (London), Died January 1st, 1980 (Palm Desert)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: director, composer

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 38 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-82311 10-in. 4/12/1934 Stairways Vincent Lopez ; St. Regis Hotel Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with piano solo composer  
Victor BS-86468 10-in. 12/17/1934 When I grow too old to dream King’s Men ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal quartet director  
Victor BS-86469 10-in. 12/17/1934 Au revoir l'amour Johnny Hauser ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-86470 10-in. 12/17/1934 The night is young Bob Lawrence ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-86471 10-in. 12/17/1934 Singing a happy song Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-87445 10-in. 1/23/1935 If the moon turns green Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-87446 10-in. 1/23/1935 I'm keeping those keepsakes you gave me Peggy Healy ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-87447 10-in. 1/23/1935 Let's spill the beans Johnny Hauser ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-87448 10-in. 1/23/1935 Would there be love Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet director  
Victor BS-92576 10-in. 7/9/1935 Dodging a divorcee Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-92577 10-in. 7/9/1935 The duke insists Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-92578 10-in. 7/9/1935 And then some Durelle Alexander ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-92579 10-in. 7/9/1935 I'm nobody's sweetheart now Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Jack Teagarden Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-92580 10-in. 7/9/1935 Ain't misbehavin' Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Jack Teagarden Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-92581 10-in. 7/9/1935 Sugar plum Durelle Alexander ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-92582 10-in. 7/9/1935 New O'leans Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-92588 10-in. 7/10/1935 I'm sittin' high on a hilltop Johnny Hauser ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-92589 10-in. 7/10/1935 Thanks a million Johnny Hauser ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-92590 10-in. 7/10/1935 I feel a song comin' on King’s Men ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal quartet director  
Victor BS-92591 10-in. 7/10/1935 I'm in the mood for love Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Ramona Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director  
Victor BS-92592 10-in. 7/10/1935 Garden of weed Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
Victor BS-92593 10-in. 7/10/1935 Darktown Strutters' Ball Paul Whiteman Orchestra ; Jack Teagarden Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-92594 10-in. 7/10/1935 China seas Bob Lawrence ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98181 10-in. 12/2/1935 I dream too much Bob Lawrence ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director  
Victor BS-98182 10-in. 12/2/1935 The jockey on the carrousel Paul Whiteman Orchestra Jazz/dance band director  
(Results 1-25 of 38 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Deutsch, Adolph," accessed October 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105219.

Deutsch, Adolph. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105219.

"Deutsch, Adolph." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 19 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105219

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