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Music and Health, memory and happiness studies

They say music soothes the soul. It also soothes the brain, according to recent scientific studies. People with all kinds of neurological disorders like dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are responding well to music therapy. In fact, some of the results doctors and music therapists are seeing are quite remarkable.

New selections added to our playlist from albums by Philip Green 1911 - 1982

Philip Green was born in Whitechapel, London, England, UK and passed away on 6 October 1982, Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland (cerebral metastases) He is known for his work on many film scores including Sergeant Cork (1963), The League of Gentlemen (1960) and Tiara Tahiti (1962). Although the composer always gave his original name as Harry Philip Green, he was in fact registered as just "Henry Green" at Whitechapel Register Office six weeks after his birth in 1911. His parents were Phillip Green (a boot clicker by profession, which meant he made the holes for the laces) and Elizabeth Green, née Vogel. Their son's middle name was added at a later date. The Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust, founded by the composer and his wife, was established to help young musicians and composers. Projects included the Philip and Dorothy Green Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists, also the Philip and Dorothy Green Composer in Residence Scheme. Dorothy died in 1995. At the peak of his career in the 1950's, he composed as many as fourteen film scores per year. Began his recording career with EMI in 1933 and was for some time 'house arranger/conductor' at Decca. He later became resident musical director for the Rank Organisation. Played piano by the age of seven. Studied at the Trinity College of Music on a scholarship. Green became London's youngest West End conductor at the Prince of Wales Theatre.WIKIPEDIA

  VIDEO: Philip Green (1911-82) started his career as a dance band pianist and West End pit conductor, but later turned his attention to film music, and provided scores for some 150 movies - becoming for a time resident musical director for the Rank Organisation. Towards the end of his career he wrote for TV (eg, the theme for ITV's 'The Golden Shot') and also composed some religious music following his move to Ireland - commercial recordings of which are available. Green's name lives on in the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust, which supports young musicians. This published piano solo arrangement is from Green's music to the little-remembered 1952 movie '24 Hours of a Woman's Life', starring Merle Oberon and Richard Todd, and based on a novella by Stefan Zweig. I am grateful to Walter Schofield for kindly letting me have this and some other obscure light music piano scores from his collection.

Alan Bunting

Received email from Bill Halvorsen of the Percy Faith Pages:

Earlier this evening I received an email from Martin Eccles in the UK with the sad news that Alan Bunting of Scotland died on March 16, 2016.

Alan and I have long corresponded and have had Percy Faith web sites that complemented each other - and our correspondence (long before the email and the internets) goes back to the early 1970's.  I am deeply saddened by this news.

Bunting's Faith Pages also see comment at : ROBERT FARNON SOCIETY

who is Wallis Blue? you know who?

Several digital albums have been released in this series
available from amazon.com but the 'orchestra' appears to be an electronic creation. We have always preferred to select our music from complete orchestras of real musicians on our
BEAUTIFULinstrumentals playlists.

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JIMMIE HASKELL, Composer, arranger and conductor

Jimmie Haskell (born Sheridan Pearlman, November 7, 1936 – February 4, 2016) was a prolific American composer and arranger for a variety of popular singers and motion pictures... Haskell was born in Brooklyn, New York. He entered the musical business through being hired to do arrangements with Imperial Records. He became the arranger of choice for Ricky Nelson and arranged such hits as "There's Nothing I Can Say" (1964). In the late 1960s and early 1970s Haskell was the arranger of choice for The Grass Roots. He also provided horn and string arrangements for Blondie's 1980 album Autoamerican. He entered the motion picture soundtrack industry in 1960 as an uncredited orchestrator for Dimitri Tiomkin's The Alamo and composed his first score the following year Love in a Goldfish Bowl. His composition The Silly Song became the theme song of American television's The Hollywood Squares. In addition to composing and arranging, Haskell would often act as conductor and selected the musicians used. WIKIPEDIA | SpaceAge Pop | WEB

 VIDEO: ProMusicDB sits down with Multi-Grammy winning arranger Jimmie Haskell and daughter, professional singer Scottie Haskell, to talk about Jimmie's legacy and its preservation in the digital age. Jimmie has 150 gold records to his credit, is still working with current artists, and has had a lifetime career of over 750 music credits that have not been accurately preserved.

Marlin R Taylor spread beautiful music around the USA in the mid 20th century via syndication to independent radio stations


Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers member Marlin Taylor honored. He  is best remembered as the “father” of the instrumentally-based 24/7 stereo-radio format that became known as “Beautiful Music,” which he originated in Philadelphia with the sign-on of WDVR, 101 FM in 1963.

Lou Whiteson's albums "A Touch of Latin" and "Beautiful Music" now on our station stream

  We have added selections from two albums by the Lou Whiteson orchestra to our playlist at www.BEAUTIFULinstrumentals.com's radio stream. 1952 saw the beginning of his interest in Latin American music, for which, like his colleague Stanley Black, he became famous. Other BBC Radio programmes in which he appeared either as player or conductor included Cavalcade Of Light Music, Saturday Serenade, Music All The Way , Music Mixture where he worked with Gilbert Vinter, Serenade In The Night, Midday Melody Hour, Melody Time, Melody Showcase, Time For Music, Music Of The Sunny South, Music For The Housewife, Fiesta and Lights On. Although always known as Lou, the given name on his birth certificate was Lewis Solly. He was born in 1912; the family lived originally at 19 Wentworth Street, Spitalfields, in the heart of London’s Jewish East End. His father was Nathan Weitzen, a tailor who had been born in Galicia (which was a territory east of Austria that straddled the present border between Poland and Ukraine). The family moved to the North London suburb of Stoke Newington, where Lou started school and began fiddle lessons there at the age of 9; he showed considerable promise and was latterly taught by Henry Kenning. More bio at... ROBERT FARNON SOCIETY

  VIDEO: La Violetera" by Lou Whiteson