Helmy Kresa, (born in Meissen, Germany on November 7, 1904, died 1991, Long Island, New York) was a songwriter and the principal arranger and orchestrator for Irving Berlin.
In 1931 Kresa wrote "That's My Desire," which Frankie Laine, Louis Armstrong and a host of others recorded. He also composed the instrumental music for Martin Scorsese's film "Raging Bull".
Kresa's was the first published arrangement of "All of Me," written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons. He also acted as the arranger for Berlin for some stage musicals, including Call Me Madam (1952), Miss Liberty (1950) and Annie Get Your Gun (1949).
In 1926, Kresa began working for Berlin, where he transcribed what Berlin was playing into musical manuscript form as Berlin could neither read nor write music, eventually becoming the general professional manager of the Irving Berlin Music Company.
He died of pneumonia in Southampton Hospital, Southampton, Long Island, New York.
His son is Kent Kresa.
Birth and Death Data: Born 1904 (Meissen), Died 1991 (Long Island)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger, songwriter
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BRC-69609||10-in.||5/13/1931||That's my desire||Dick Robertson ; Wooding’s Grand Central Red Caps||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||ABRC-69914||10-in.||6/9/1931||That's my desire||Don Byron ; Ronald Sachs Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BRC-70943||10-in.||11/2/1931||Hiding in the shadows of the moon||Peter Van Steeden Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-73302||10-in.||8/16/1932||Something in the night||Jack Fulton ; Paul Whiteman Orchestra||Jazz/dance band (take 3); with male vocal solo (takes 1 and 2)||composer|
|Victor||BS-75318||10-in.||2/26/1933||Close to my heart||Don Bestor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||LBS-75320||10-in. (33-1/3 rpm)||2/26/1933||Dance medley||Don Bestor Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-037405||10-in.||5/31/1939||An old-fashioned tune is always new||Betty Bradley ; Gray Gordon ; Tic-Toc Rhythm Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-060318||10-in.||1/13/1941||My one romance||Marilyn Duke ; Vaughn Monroe's Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||arranger|
|Columbia||W151196||10-in.||1/12/1931||Headin' for better times||Ted Lewis and his Band||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||arranger|
|Columbia||W152291||10-in.||8/26/1932||Something in the night||Lee Morse||Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano||composer|
|Columbia||W152374||10-in.||2/9/1933||Close to my heart||Phil Regan||Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Columbia||W351136||10-in.||11/23/1931||Hiding in the shadows of the moon||Selvin’s Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E36858||10-in.||6/12/1931||That’s my desire||Snooks Friedman Memphis Stompers||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||composer|
|Brunswick||E36894||10-in.||6/30/1931||That’s my desire||Crooning Troubadours ; Nick Lucas||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Brunswick||E37335||10-in.||10/28/1931||Hiding in the shadows of the moon||Dick Robertson Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kresa, Helmy," accessed August 4, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112052.
Kresa, Helmy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 4, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112052.
"Kresa, Helmy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 4 August 2021.
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