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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 76-84 of 84 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 7369 9/17/1953 Did you ever see a dream walking? Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 7370 9/17/1953 I dream too much Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 7371 9/17/1953 I dream of you Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 7415 10/15/1953 I can't get enough Connie Haines arranger  
Decca L 7416 10/15/1953 The wrong side of town Connie Haines arranger  
Decca L 7417 10/15/1953 Man to woman Connie Haines arranger  
Decca L 7418 10/15/1953 Pink shampoo Connie Haines arranger  
Decca L 7932 9/23/1954 Swingin' at the Met-2 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
Decca L 11538 5/29/1959 Our love is here to stay-1 Les Brown and his Band of Renown arranger  
(Results 76-84 of 84 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Comstock, Frank," accessed June 16, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/309329.

Comstock, Frank. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 16, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/309329.

"Comstock, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 16 June 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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