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    LaMagna, Carl

    Violinist whose career spanned four decades and whose earliest credit appears to be as a “composer/collaborator”, along with Russ Morgan, on the 1939 Eddie DeLange song, “Flower of Dawn”. 

     

    In the early 1940s, he donned his fiddler’s hat as an erstwhile member of Texas Jim Lewis’s Lone Star Cowboys, who recorded such creatively titled fare as “HoorinNannie Annie”, “The Love Bug Will Bite You (If You Don’t Watch Out)” and “What’s the Reason (I’m Not Pleasin’ You)”. 

     

    In the late ‘40s and early ‘50s he was a session musician on a string of Dean Martin songs that would eventually be released on Young Dino.  In 1957, he recorded While My Lady Sleeps with Phineas Newborn, Jr. and dusted off his cowboy hat for a couple of gospel sessions with Roy Rogers.  He did a complete 180 in 1958 on Esquivel’s Other Worlds Other Sounds.  In 1959, he was in the string section for Chet Atkins in Hollywood and Dean Martin’s album, Sleep Warm.  On 2nd March 1960, he was in the studio with Nat King Cole laying down tracks that included “Are You Disenchanted?”, “It’s a Beautiful Evening” and “Wouldn’t You Know”. 

     

    In the ‘50s and early ‘60s, he recorded with Frank Sinatra and many of the results can be heard on The Complete Capitol Singles Collection.  He spent some of 1964 in the studio with Johnny Burnette, recording “And Her Name is Scarlet”, among others, and Mel Torme for tracks to be included on That’s All:  A Lush Romantic Album.  Equally lush was Nancy Wilson’s 1967 release, Lush Life.  In the late ‘60s, he worked with Rod McKuen and some of these tracks can be heard on the anthology, If You Go Away:  The RCA Years 1965-1970. 

     

    In 1972, he helped create A Very Gentle Sound with Gloria Lynne.  He was also recruited into the string section for the soundtrack of 1973’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull.  In 1975, he appeared on Joan Baez’s Diamonds & Rust, Robert Lamm’s Skinny Boy, and Peggy Lee’s Mirrors.  Around the same time, he recorded Warm & Sonny with Sonny Criss.  He was equally busy in America’s bicentennial year on Earth, Wind & Fire’s Spirit, Johnny Hammond’s Forever Taurus, Harry Nilsson’s …That’s the Way it Is, and Stanley Turrentine’s Everybody Come on Out. 

     

    In 1977, he reunited with EWF on All ‘n All.  Then he hooked up with Terry Callier on Fire on Ice, Quincy Jones on Sounds… and Stuff Like That!!, Sergio Mendes on Brasil ’88, and Patrice Rushen on Patrice, all released in 1978.  He was also a member of the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra between 1974 and 1979.  In 1979, he rejoined EWF for I Am, Patrice Rushen for Pizzazz, and Frank Sinatra for Trilogy, and accepted The Emotions’ invitation to Come into Our World. 

     

    He also did some movie work with Lalo Schifrin on a pair of Dirty Harry soundtracks, 1983’s Sudden Impact and 1988’s The Dead Pool.  One of his last recordings appears to be Barry Manilow’s Showstoppers, released in 1991, although he has been immortalized on CD in a variety of greatest-hits packages and re-issues, including The Incredible Solomon Burke at His Best!, The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire, and Send in the Clowns:  The Very Best of Sarah Vaughan.

     

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