Nelson Riddle

Nelson Riddle

American arranger, composer, bandleader and orchestrator
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Nelson Riddle

Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. (June 1, 1921 – October 6, 1985) was an American arranger, composer, bandleader and orchestrator whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s. His work for Capitol Records kept such vocalists as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney and Keely Smith household names. He found commercial and critical success again in the 1980s with a trio of Platinum albums with Linda Ronstadt. His orchestrations earned an Academy Award and three Grammy Awards.

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Full name at birth
Nelson Smock Riddle Jr.
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Claim to fame
1950s work for Capitol Records, providing arrangements and musical direction to such vocalists as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee and Keely Smith
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Date of birth
1 June 1921
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Place of birth
Oradell, NJ, USA
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Date of death
6 October 1985
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Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Cause of death
Liver ailments
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Arranger, Composer, Bandleader, Orchestrator
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6' 2" (188 cm)
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Rumson High School
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