Nelson Riddle

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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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1956 The Tender Touch Nelson Riddle 2
1958 Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely Frank Sinatra, orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle 5 7
1958 Sea of Dreams Nelson Riddle 1
1960 This Time I'm Swingin' Dean Martin with orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle 2
1962 Love Is a Game of Poker Nelson Riddle 1
1967 Matt Sings, Nelson Swings Matt Monro & Nelson Riddle 2
1968 Contemporary Sound of Nelson Riddle Nelson Riddle 1
1984 101 Strings Nelson Riddle 1
2002 Route 66 & Other TV Themes / More Hit TV Themes Nelson Riddle 1
2004 Sea of Dreams / Love Tide Nelson Riddle 1
2005 An Orchestral Portrait of Nat "King" Cole Nelson Riddle 1
2005 Oklahoma / Can Can Nelson Riddle 1
2007 The Joy of Living / Love Is a Game of Poker Nelson Riddle 1
2008 Hey... Let Yourself Go / C'mon... Get Happy Nelson Riddle 1
British Columbia Suite Nelson Riddle& 101 Strings Orchestra 1
Communication Nelson Riddle 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Paris When it Sizzles & Great Music, Great Films, Great Sounds Nelson Riddle 1
2005 White on White and Other Hits of 1964 Nelson Riddle 1
2006 Sing a Song With Riddle & Hey Diddle Riddle Nelson Riddle 1
2011 The Joy of Living: A Riddle of Contrasts Nelson Riddle 1
The Best Of Nelson Riddle 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 The Spy With My Face: Music from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Movies Jerry Goldsmith / Morton Stevens / Gerald Fried / Nelson Riddle / Richard Shores 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1962 Lolita Nelson Riddle 2
1965 Harlow Al Ham & Nelson Riddle 1
1966 Batman: Exclusive Original Television Soundtrack Album Nelson Riddle 2
1966 Batman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Nelson Riddle 2
2000 Batman (1966 Motion Picture) Neal Hefti / Nelson Riddle 1
El Dorado Nelson Riddle 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1956 Lisbon Antigua Nelson Riddle 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 Around the World Nat King Cole with Nelson Riddle 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 The Great Gatsby (Original Soundtrack Recording) Nelson Riddle 1

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