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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 20, 1922 (San Diego), Died May 21, 2013 (Huntington Beach)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1947 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger, leader

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Recordings (Results 51-75 of 84 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 6554 11/28/1951 You're driving me crazy-1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6555 11/28/1951 Let it be Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6556 11/28/1951 I'll never let you cry Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6557 11/30/1951 You're the top Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6734 4/28/1952 I waited a little too long Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6735 4/28/1952 Ill wind-1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6763 5/9/1952 Nutcracker suite, part 1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6800 6/2/1952 Nutcracker suite, part 2-1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6801 6/2/1952 Clouds-2 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6803 6/2/1952 Stormy weather-2 Les Brown and his Band of Renown ; Ray Sims arranger  
Decca L 6805 6/10/1952 Lost in a fog-2 Les Brown and his Band of Renown ; Ray Sims arranger  
Decca L 6806 6/10/1952 Rain-2 Les Brown and his Band of Renown ; Ray Sims arranger  
Decca L 6923 11/5/1952 Flip lid-2 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 6924 11/5/1952 My heart belongs to Daddy Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 7127 4/13/1953 Jersey bounce-1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 7128 4/23/1953 Stompin' at the Savoy Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 7129 4/13/1953 Cherokee-1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 7269 6/25/1953 Invitation Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 7271 6/25/1953 Forty cups of coffee Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 7272 6/25/1953 Forty cups of coffee Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 7364 9/17/1953 Street of dreams Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 7365 9/17/1953 Darn that dream Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 7366 9/17/1953 I guess I'll have to dream the rest Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 7367 9/17/1953 A million dreams ago Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 7368 9/17/1953 Dream Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
(Results 51-75 of 84 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Comstock, Frank," accessed June 14, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/309329.

Comstock, Frank. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 14, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/309329.

"Comstock, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 14 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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