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Nelson Riddle

Nelson Smock Riddle Jr. (June 1, 1921 – October 6, 1985) was an American arranger, composer, bandleader and orchestrator whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s. He worked with many world-famous vocalists at Capitol Records, including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney and Keely Smith. He found commercial and critical success with a new generation in the 1980s, in a trio of Platinum albums with Linda Ronstadt. His orchestrations earned an Academy Award and three Grammy Awards.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 1, 1921 (Oradell), Died October 6, 1985 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: conductor


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 7000 1/9/1953 Never smile at a crocodile Sterling Holloway conductor  
Decca L 7001 1/9/1953 Following the leader Sterling Holloway conductor  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Riddle, Nelson," accessed January 26, 2022,

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"Riddle, Nelson." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 26 January 2022.

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