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 26-50 of 53 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 67632 10-in. 4/29/1940 I'm stepping out with a memory tonight Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 67633 10-in. 4/29/1940 The Lord done fixed up my soul Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 68128 10-in. 9/19/1940 On the verge Will Hudson Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 68129 10-in. 9/19/1940 The world without you Will Hudson Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 68130 10-in. 9/19/1940 Peekin' at the deacon Will Hudson Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 68131 10-in. 9/19/1940 Hi ya, Mr. Chips Will Hudson Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 68445 10-in. 12/5/1940 Black velvet Will Hudson Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 68446 10-in. 12/5/1940 Three at a table for two Will Hudson Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 68447 10-in. 12/5/1940 Start jumpin' Will Hudson Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 68448 10-in. 12/5/1940 Easy rocker Will Hudson Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Decca 68528 10-in. 1/1/1941 Liebestraum (Liszt) Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 68529 10-in. 1/1/1941 Nocturne in E flat major, Op.9 No.2 (Chopin) Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 68530 10-in. 1/1/1941 The young prince and the young princess (Rimsky-Korsakov) Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 68531 10-in. 1/1/1941 Meditation (Thais) (Massenet) Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 68542 10-in. 1/3/1941 Les preludes (Liszt)-1 Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 68543 10-in. 1/3/1941 Green goon jive-3 Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 68544 10-in. 1/3/1941 My heart at Thy sweet voice (Bizet)-3 Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 68545 10-in. 1/3/1941 Meadowbrook shuffle-3 Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone  
Decca 68745 10-in. 2/27/1941 Tell me Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 68746 10-in. 2/27/1941 April showers Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 68747 10-in. 2/27/1941 Beloved friend Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 68748 10-in. 2/27/1941 Jolly Peter Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 68749 10-in. 2/27/1941 By heck Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca 68750 10-in. 2/27/1941 Big Beaver Jan Savitt Orchestra instrumentalist, alto saxophone, arranger, baritone saxophone  
Decca L 3770 10-in. 4/4/1945 Any old time Charlie Barnet Orchestra arranger  
(Results 26-50 of 53 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Siravo, George," accessed December 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/209487.

Siravo, George. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/209487.

"Siravo, George." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 December 2021.

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