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Bolks, Dick

Arranger, choral director, composer, keyboardist and vocalist who has practically made a living tweaking hymns to suit his own unique piano stylings.

His ubiquitous sheet music includes the Quiet Time and Singing Men on Sunday Morning series, as well as Lord of Light, Prince of Peace: A Musical Dream for Christmas, replete with a version for concert performance. He has also done new arrangements of Stephen Foster songs, including “Camptown Races” and “Nelly Bly”.

A few of his CDs include Blessed Assurance: Hymns that Comfort the Heart, Quiet Time Piano, and Wonderful Peace. Many of these can be previewed and are available for download. Not into mp3s? You can still purchase the Dick Bolks Singers’ Close to Thee on 8-track tape.

As far has his vocal work is concerned, he is an in-demand baritone-bass who has sung on the soundtracks of Charlotte’s Web, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, Heidi’s Song, King Kong (2005), Robots, Van Helsing, and Yogi’s First Christmas. Other artists with whom he has worked include Frank Sinatra on his 1979 boxed set, Trilogy, and Celine Dion on her Christmas album, These are Special Times.

He has also appeared on-screen as a piano player in the Gilmore Girls episode entitled “Keg! Max!” which aired on 29th April 2003.

Here’s “Jo Jo Saves The Day” from the soundtrack of Dr Seuss: Horton Hears a Who, which Dick Bolks performs on….