Records in the early s. Tillis third from left with "Strutt" Band,
Early years[ edit ] Riddle was born in Oradell, New Jerseythe only child of Marie Albertine Riddle and Nelson Smock Riddle, and later moved to nearby Ridgewoodwhere he attended Ridgewood High Schoolwhere he was encouraged to pursue his interest in music.
I've never forgotten it. It's almost as if the orchestra leaped from the stage and smacked you in the face I wanted to be a jazz trombone player, but I didn't have the coordination. Riddle and his family had a summer house in Rumson, New Jersey.
He enjoyed Rumson so much that he convinced his parents to allow him to attend high school there for his senior year Bill Fineganwith whom he began arranging lessons. Despite being only four years older than Riddle, Finegan was considerably more musically sophisticated, : After his graduation from Rumson High Schoolhe spent his late teens and early 20s playing trombone in and occasionally arranging for various local dance bands, culminating in his association with the Charlie Spivak Orchestra.
After his enlistment term ended, Riddle traveled to Chicago to join Tommy Dorsey's orchestra inwhere he remained the orchestra's third trombone for eleven months until drafted by the Army in Aprilshortly before the end of World War II.
He was discharged in Juneafter fifteen months of active duty. He moved shortly thereafter to Hollywood to pursue his career as an arranger and spent the next several years writing arrangements for multiple radio and record projects. Capitol years[ edit ] InRiddle was hired by composer Les Baxter to write arrangements for a recording session with Nat King Cole ; this was one of Riddle's first associations with Capitol Records.
Although one of the songs Riddle had arranged, " Mona Lisa ," soon became the biggest selling single of Cole's career, the work was credited to Baxter.
During the same year, Riddle also struck up a conversation with Vern Yocum born George Vernon Yocuma big band jazz musician and brother of Pied Piper Clark Yocum who would transition into music preparation for Frank Sinatra and other entertainers at Capitol Records.
A collaboration followed with Vern becoming Riddle's "right hand" as copyist and librarian for the next thirty years. InCapitol Records executives viewed the up-and-coming Riddle as a prime choice to arrange for the newly arrived Frank Sinatra.
Sinatra was reluctant however, preferring instead to remain with Axel Stordahlhis long-time collaborator from his Columbia Records years.
When success of the first few Capitol sides with Stordahl proved disappointing, Sinatra eventually relented and Riddle was called in to arrange his first session for Sinatra, held on April 30, The first product of the Riddle-Sinatra partnership, " I've Got the World on a String ", became a runaway hit and is often credited with relaunching the singer's slumping career.
Riddle's personal favorite was a Sinatra ballad album, one of his most successful recordings, Only the Lonely. He also found time to release his own instrumental discs of 45 rpm and albums on the Capitol label. For example, Riddle's most successful tune was " Lisbon Antigua ", which was released in November and reached and remained at the 1 position for four weeks in Riddle's most notable LP discs were Hey Let Yourself Go and C'mon Get Happyboth of which peaked at a respectable number twenty on the Billboard charts.
Later years[ edit ] InRiddle and his orchestra were featured on The Rosemary Clooney Show, a minute syndicated program. InRiddle joined Sinatra's newly established label Reprise Recordsunder the musical direction of Morris Stoloff.
Much of his work in the s and s was for film and television, including his hit theme song for Route 66steady work scoring episodes of Batman and other television series including the theme to The Untouchablesand composing the scores of several motion pictures including the Rat Pack features Robin and the 7 Hoods and the original Ocean's In the latter half of the s, the partnership between Riddle and Frank Sinatra grew more distant as Sinatra began increasingly to turn to Don CostaBilly May and an assortment of other arrangers for his album projects.Radio Works is a cluster of three radio stations in South Arkansas.
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