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Let Yourself Go and C'mon Get Happy , both of which peaked at a respectable number twenty on the Billboard charts. In , Riddle and his orchestra were featured on The Rosemary Clooney Show , a minute syndicated program. In , Riddle joined Sinatra's newly established label Reprise Records , under the musical direction of Morris Stoloff. In , Riddle was hired by television producer William Dozier to create the music for the Batman television series starring Adam West.
Neal Hefti had written the Batman theme song and was originally hired for the series, but became unavailable. Riddle did the first two seasons of Batman sans two episodes scored by Warren Barker. Riddle was the musical director for 16 episodes of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour between and Riddle's film and television work in the 60s included his hit theme song for Route 66 , the theme to The Untouchables , and the scores for the Rat Pack motion pictures 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 Costa , Billy May and an assortment of other arrangers for his album projects.
Although Riddle would write various arrangements for Sinatra until the late s, Strangers In The Night , released in , was the last full album project the pair completed together. The collection of Riddle-arranged songs was intended to expand on the success of the title track, which had been a number one hit single for Sinatra arranged by Ernie Freeman. During the s, Riddle's film and television efforts included the score for the version of The Great Gatsby , which earned him his first Academy Award , after some five nominations.
He wrote the theme song for the television series Emergency! The Nelson Riddle Orchestra also made numerous concert appearances throughout the s, some of which were led and contracted by his good friend, Tommy Shepard.
On March 14, , Riddle conducted his last three arrangements for Sinatra. The album was never completed. The agreement between the two resulted in a three-album contract which included what were to be the last arrangements of Riddle's career, with the exception of an album of twelve Great American Songbook standards he arranged and conducted for his old friend, opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa , in April , six months before his death that October. Ronstadt recalls that when she initially approached Riddle, she did not know if he was even familiar with her music.
He knew her name, but basically hated rock 'n' roll. However, his daughter was a big Linda Ronstadt fan and told her father, "Don't worry, Dad. Her checks won't bounce. When Riddle learned of Ronstadt's desire to learn more about traditional pop music and agreed to record with her, he insisted on a complete album or nothing.
He explained to Ronstadt that he had once turned down Paul McCartney , who had sought him out to write an arrangement for one of McCartney's albums, "I just couldn't do it. You can't put something like that in the middle of a bunch of other things. The mood comes and then it changes. It's like putting a picture in a bad frame. Joe Smith, the president of Elektra, was terrified that the albums would turn off the rock audience. The three albums together sold over seven million copies  and brought Riddle back to a young audience during the last three years of his life.
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Though Witrak has dabbled in some jazz along the way, Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson is his breakout into recordings by jazz artists who are household names. The recording first appeared on a Verve Records LP in Produced by the legendary Norman Granz, it was half of a two-album release, the other title being Ella Swings Gently with Nelson.
The sessions found both Fitzgerald and Riddle at their best. Ella's voice had matured but still contained a bit of the appealing girlishness of her early days. Riddle and Fitzgerald were not strangers -- he had arranged 's Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook , and the two would work together again on songbook sessions devoted to the music of Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer.Aug 17, · Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Pick Yourself Up · Ella Fitzgerald · Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra Ella Swings Brightly With Nelson ℗ The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG.
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