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Frank Comstock

Frank G. Comstock (September 20, 1922 – May 21, 2013) was an American composer, arranger, conductor and trombonist. For television, Comstock wrote and arranged music for major situation comedies and variety shows; his theme and incidental music for Rocky and His Friends (1959–1964) are probably his best-remembered works. Additionally, his music for Adam-12 earned him a 1971 Emmy nomination.

Comstock's recording credits include eight Hi-Lo's albums and backing arrangements for major recording stars. His 1962 instrumental album, Project: Comstock - Music from Outer Space became a classic and was released on CD in 2004. Recently, Comstock wrote new big-band arrangements for Brian Setzer's Wolfgang's Big Night Out (2007) and Songs from Lonely Avenue (2009) CDs.

He started his arranging career in the dance bands of Sonny Dunham and Benny Carter, and with Les Brown from 1943 to 1955. When dance bands fell out of favor after World War II, Comstock and Doris Day left the Les Brown band. Comstock's backing arrangements for Doris Day's Warner Brothers screen tests impressed studio executives and resulted in a staff arranger position at Warner where he demonstrated his ability to write for large studio orchestras.

He died in 2013.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 20th, 1922 (San Diego), Died May 21st, 2013 (Huntington Beach)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1951 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger, leader

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 72 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 83098 7/18/1952 Blue skies-1 The Ames Brothers ; Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca 84033 3/2/1953 Ruby-1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca 84034 3/2/1953 Midnight sun-1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca 86005 between 9/4/1953 and 9/20/1953 Happy hooligan-3 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca 86006 between 9/4/1953 and 9/20/1953 Caravan-3 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca 86009 between 9/4/1953 and 9/20/1953 I let a song go out of my heart-3 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca 86011 between 9/4/1953 and 9/20/1953 Crazy legs-3 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca 86017 between 9/4/1953 and 9/20/1953 Cherokee-3 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca 86020 between 9/4 and 9/20/1953 Rain-3 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca 86023 between 9/4/1953 and 9/20/1953 Jersey bounce-3 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca 86024 between 9/4/1953 and 9/20/1953 Laura-3 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca 86026 between 9/4/1953 and 9/20/1953 Speak low-3 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca 86027 between 9/4/1953 and 9/20/1953 Midnight sun-3 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca 86028 between 9/4/1953 and 9/20/1953 Strange-3 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca 86157 between 9/4/1953 and 9/20/1953 Opening announcement ; Leap frog Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca 86158 between 9/4/1953 and 9/20/1953 Closing announcement Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6086 2/16/1951 If I loved you-1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6087 2/16/1951 Red sails in the sunset-1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6091 2/19/1951 Leap frog (theme)-1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6092 2/19/1951 Blue moon-1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6131 3/8/1951 Deep purple Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6132 3/8/1951 Azure Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6133 3/8/1951 That old black magic Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6222 4/9/1951 Over the rainbow Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6223 4/9/1951 The moon was yellow Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
(Results 1-25 of 72 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Comstock, Frank," accessed October 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/309329.

Comstock, Frank. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/309329.

"Comstock, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/309329

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