Robert Armbruster (October 9, 1897 – June 20, 1994) was born John Robert Sommers Armbruster in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An American composer, conductor, pianist and songwriter, he also recorded piano rolls under the pseudonyms of: Henri Bergman, Edwin Gabriel, Robert Romayne, Robert Summers.
After studying with Constantin von Sternberg he became a concert pianist, then branched out into conducting and a composing for radio, then television and film. He debuted as a pianist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of eight. In his teenage years, he started recording piano rolls for the Aeolian Company's Duo-Art reproducing pianos and turned out hundreds of classical and salon-type performances for them. He attracted particular notice as orchestra leader of The Voice of Firestone, the songs "Cuddle Up" and "High Barbaree" and his compositions "Western Ballet" and "Variations in Miniature on Chopsticks".
During the 1940s, Armbruster was the conductor of the NBC Hollywood Orchestra for many charitable specials.
In 1948, Armbruster was musical director, conductor and solo pianist for the Kraft Music Hall program starring Nelson Eddy. A fine pianist, he was featured each week in classical piano solos. The program had an excellent orchestra of about 35. Regular arrangers included Billy May and Nelson Riddle. In the sixties, Armbruster was head of the music department at MGM Studios.
He died in Santa Monica, California on June 20, 1994.
Birth and Death Data: Born October 9th, 1896 (Philadelphia), Died June 20th, 1994 (Los Angeles)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1933
Roles Represented in DAHR: piano, composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-77654||10-in.||9/13/1933||Quartet for prosperous love children||Four Prominent So and Sos||Male vocal quartet, with piano||instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|Victor||BS-77655||10-in.||9/13/1933||Quartet for prosperous love children||Four Prominent So and Sos||Male vocal quartet, with piano||instrumentalist, piano, composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1927-04-20-07]||10-in.||4/20/1927||Smilin' through||Grace Thomas||Female vocal solo, with piano||instrumentalist, piano|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Armbruster, Robert," accessed October 23, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106518.
Armbruster, Robert. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 23, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106518.
"Armbruster, Robert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 23 October 2020.
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