loyal) session violinist and one-time concertmaster for Republic Studios
who did a lot of recording with Frank Sinatra during his days at Columbia
and Capitol. In fact, you can
hear him on Sinatra’s boxed sets, The
Columbia Years (1943-1952): The
Complete Recordings and The
Complete Capitol Singles Collection. He also did some work for Peggy Lee
around the same time, sometimes with Sinatra conducting.
In the 1960s,
he did a bit of a 180 in recording with The Monkees: He appears on their albums The Bird, The Bees & The Monkees, The
Definitive Monkees, Greatest Hits, Instant
Replay, and Listen to the Band. One of his most famous recordings is
hooked up with Al Hirt on his album Latin in the Horn (arranged and
conducted by Lalo Schifrin) and appears on
Schifrin’s Explorations and
Once a Thief.
and groups with whom he has recorded include The Everly
Brothers, Percy Faith, Judy Garland, Quincy Jones, Earl Klugh,
Dean Martin, Anita O’Day, Louis Prima, The
Sons of the Pioneers, and Sarah Vaughan. You can check him out on The Definitive Sarah Vaughan and Sarah Vaughan Sings Broadway: Great Songs From Hit Shows.