player from Oak Park, Illinois,
who relocated to California
and he attended Hollywood High and the LA Conservatory of Music, where he
studied with Vincent DeRosa.
In 1951, he
became a member of Stan Kenton’s Innovations in Modern Music
Orchestra. He joined the Los
Angeles Philharmonic in 1952 and remained with them until his retirement in
In between, he
amassed an impressive discography, and here are but a few highlights: The
Blues and the Beat by Henry Mancini; Faces by Earth, Wind & Fire; Freak Out! by the Mothers of Invention; I Remember Tommy by Frank Sinatra; Live from Sweets Ballroom by Stan Kenton; Lumpy Gravy by Frank Zappa; Rawhide
by Frankie Laine; Rock Requiem by Lalo Schifrin; Surfin’ and Stompin’
by the Marketts; That’s What Friends Are For by Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams; and, The Yard Went on Forever by Richard Harris.
He can also be
heard on the soundtracks of The Comancheros, Mutiny
on the Bounty, North Dallas Forty,
Red Dawn, and Time After Time.
June 2012, he passed away in Northridge,
California. He was 85 years old. His funeral was held at the Chapel
of the Islands in Camarillo
on 14th June 2012.
Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Emotion (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb)
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