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.
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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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Comstock, Frank," accessed May 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/309329.
Comstock, Frank. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/309329.
"Comstock, Frank." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 May 2023.
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