whose earliest credit seems to be an Artie Shaw recording of “In the
Still of the Night” in 1941.
In 1955, he
performed on the Mel Torme album, It’s a Blue World. The following year, he was in the studio
with Frank Sinatra, laying down tracks for Close to You. In
1957, he appeared on Laurie Allyn’s Paradise, and recorded While My Lady Sleeps with Phineas Newborn, Jr., and Dedicated to the Golden State:
Mel Torme’s California Suite. Staying with the theme, he was a
member of the string section on Chet
Atkins in Hollywood, released in 1959. The same year, he also appeared on
the multi-volume set, Ella Fitzgerald
Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Books. More of these were released the
In 1960, he
played violin on what would become one of his most famous recordings,
“Moon River”, for Henry Mancini’s soundtrack to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and
celebrated the Yuletide with Peggy Lee on Christmas Carousel.
He reunited with Henry Mancini in 1961, recording the soundtrack of Hatari!, and Frank
Sinatra, recording I Remember Tommy. In 1962, he recorded “Bring it
on Home to Me” and “Having a Party” with Sam Cooke and
appeared on the soundtrack of How the
West Was Won.
rejoined Henry Mancini for the soundtrack of Charade, released in 1963, and appeared on a pair of Bobby
Darin albums, It’s You or No
One and From Hello Dolly to
Goodbye Charlie, released in 1963 and 1964, respectively. In 1966, he recorded Latin in the Horn with Al Hirt helped launch the career of guitarist Mitch Holder
by putting him in touch with Howard Roberts.
recorded one of the most famous theme songs of all time, Lalo Schifrin’s “Mission: Impossible”, for the
television program of the same name.
In 1968, he shared more studio time with Lalo
Schifrin, recording the soundtrack of The
Fox and There’s a Whole Lalo Schifrin Goin’ On,
and appeared on Elvis Presley’s NBC-TV special and The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees.
He also appeared on The Monkees’ follow-up,
Instant Replay, and the
soundtrack of Che!, in
In 1970, he
was back with Lalo Schifrin, recording the
soundtrack of Kelly’s Heroes,
and was an erstwhile member of The
Cannonball Adderley Quintet & Orchestra. He worked with a pair of Williams in
1972, recording With Love with
Joe Williams, and performing on Life
Goes On with Paul Williams.
In 1973, he appeared on Steve Ferguson’s eponymous album and
Neil Diamond’s soundtrack of Jonathan
Livingston Seagull. He then
waxed poetic on Don Ellis’s Haiku
in 1974. In 1975, he recorded Collage with Luis Gasca and appeared on The Tubes album, White Punks on Dope.
bicentennial year was a busy one for Marvin: He recorded There’s Music in the Air with Letta
Mbulu and appeared on The Monkees’
Greatest Hits, The Tubes’ Young and Rich, Tom Waits’ Small Change, and the soundtrack of The Enforcer. In 1977, he reunited with Neil
Diamond on his album, I’m Glad
You’re Here with Me Tonight, and performed on the soundtrack of
the television mini-series, Washington: Behind Closed Doors.
mid-to-late ‘70s, Marvin was a member of the Los Angeles Symphony
Orchestra. Many of these
musicians, including Marvin, appeared on Frank Sinatra’s 1979 boxed
set, Trilogy. He then appeared on a pair of Earth,
Wind & Fire albums, Faces and
Raise!, which hit the shelves in 1980
and 1981, respectively. In
1981, he performed on what appear to be his last albums, A Woman Needs Love by Ray Parker,
Jr. & Raydio, Significant Gains by Greg Phillinganes,
and Elmer Bernstein’s soundtrack of the Bill Murray military comedy, Stripes.
myriad opportunities to hear him on CD, however, on collections such as The Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books,
The Mel Torme
Collection: 1944-1985, and Send in the Clowns: The Very Best of Sarah Vaughan.