George Siravo

George Siravo (October 2, 1916, Staten Island, New York - February 28, 2000, Medford, Oregon) was a composer, arranger, conductor, saxophonist, and clarinetist.

He began his career playing reeds with the Cliquot Club Eskimos and later was a member of the orchestras of led by Glenn Miller, Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet, and Jan Savitt. He played alto saxophone in the first Glenn Miller orchestra, appearing on the 1937 recording "Community Swing".

In the 1940s, he became a staff arranger for Columbia Records and worked with Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Tony Bennett, Connie Boswell, Vic Damone, and Artie Shaw.

He orchestrated two of Frank Sinatra's 1950s albums: Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra and Songs for Young Lovers with Nelson Riddle. He arranged Doris Day's "It's Magic" and Tony Bennett's "Who Can I Turn To?" He also recorded instrumental albums under his own name such as Seductive Strings by Siravo which featured trumpeter Doc Severinsen. He orchestrated the 1947 Universal International film Something in the Wind starring Deanna Durbin and Donald O'Connor.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 2nd, 1916 (Staten Island), Died February 28th, 2000 (Medford)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1945

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, arranger, clarinet

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 53 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 62058 10-in. 3/22/1937 Peg o' my heart Glenn Miller Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 62059 10-in. 3/22/1937 Wistful and blue Glenn Miller Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 62060 10-in. 3/22/1937 How am I to know? Glenn Miller Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 62061 10-in. 3/22/1937 Anytime, anyday, anywhere Glenn Miller Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 62062 10-in. 3/22/1937 Moonlight Bay-1 Glenn Miller Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 62063 10-in. 3/22/1937 I'm sittin' on top of the world Glenn Miller Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 67105 10-in. 1/24/1940 Make love with a guitar Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67106 10-in. 1/24/1940 Imagination Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67107 10-in. 1/24/1940 Tuxedo junction Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67108 10-in. 1/24/1940 Kansas City moods Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67147 10-in. 2/4/1940 Turkey in the straw Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67148 10-in. 2/4/1940 Parade of the wooden soldiers Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67149 10-in. 2/4/1940 Blues in the groove-1 Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67150 10-in. 2/4/1940 Rose of the Rio Grande Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67151 10-in. 2/4/1940 It's time to jump and shout Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67536 10-in. 4/12/1940 Secrets in the moonlight Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67537 10-in. 4/12/1940 Make-believe island Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67538 10-in. 4/12/1940 Where was I? Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67539 10-in. 4/12/1940 Ask your heart Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67540 10-in. 4/12/1940 Tuxedo junction Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67601 10-in. 4/18/1940 You're lonely and I'm lonely Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67602 10-in. 4/18/1940 You can't brush me off Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67629 10-in. 4/29/1940 Her name was Rosita Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67630 10-in. 4/29/1940 W.P.A. Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67631 10-in. 4/29/1940 It's a lovely day tomorrow Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 53 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Siravo, George," accessed December 5, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/209487.

Siravo, George. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/209487.

"Siravo, George." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 5 December 2020.

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