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Music From Studio X - WOR, Mutual Radio

Music from Studio X was an American network radio program of recorded music on the Mutual Broadcasting System originating from WOR in New York. The program premiered on July 9, 1956 with host John A. Gambling; [photo left] The broadcast was heard Monday through Saturday between 9:05 PM and 1 AM EST, and on Sundays between 1:30 PM and 5 PM, with a 15-minute news break at 11 PM by newscaster Lyle Van. The theme music was written and conducted by Joe Leahy. Columnist J. P. Shanley's New York Times' review of July 10, 1956 praised the program, calling it "a welcome step in the direction of civilized radio entertainment", designed to appeal to "listeners who are interested neither in the classics nor in rock and roll". Lush instrumentals and vocal recordings were aired, many of them original to the program. On the program's premiere broadcast, music from the then-contemporary "My Fair Lady" was featured. General Teleradio, later known as RKO-General, a division of the General Tire & Rubber Co. at that time controlled RKO Radio Pictures and its record subsidiary RKO/Unique Records as well as the Mutual network, and used the Studio X program to promote recordings by RKO/Unique artists; including performers like Rudy Vallee, Ted Lewis, and The Harmonicats, whose most successful years were past them by this time. RKO/Unique also released an LP of Joe Leahy's theme music from the program. WPAT-FM in Patterson, New Jersey had been presenting a similar program entitled "Gaslight", except without broadcasting vocal music. WOR actually did construct a special studio - Studio X - for the new program at the station. "Music from Studio X" was heard from WOR for three years, until 1959.WIKIPEDIA

Anthony "Tony" Acquaviva May 10, 1925 - September 27, 1986, also known professionally as Acquaviva, was an American composer, conductor and string instrumentalist, and the founder of the New York Pops Symphony Orchestra.

Acquaviva was a graduate of the United States Military Academy and served in the Army's orchestral division from 1944 to 1948. As a struggling young musician in New York, he roomed with singer Guy Mitchell, sleeping on the floor for lack of furniture and once admitted to the press that the refrigerator there contained only one jar of mustard. WIKIPEDIA | Joni James
He married Joni James in 1956 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City and served as her manager and conductor. He recorded for MGM Records (notably the LP album "Music of Acquaviva", MGM E3226), and his works include "The Cavalier's Ball" and "My Love, My Love", the latter of which was recorded by his wife and reached Gold Record status at its release. Acquaviva later fell into bad health, and Joni James retired from performing to care for him (and their two children, adopted from Italy) for the last 18 years of his life. In recent years several authors have confused Tony Acquaviva with his younger brother Nick, who is the cowriter of "My Love, My Love" and numerous other Joni James hits. Tony Acquaviva did not compose songs which Joni James recorded, however, uncredited, he reportedly according to Joni James did write the bridge for the English version of the standard "That's All," a song he also successfully recorded.

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Frank Cordell (1 June 1918 – 6 July 1980) was a British composer, arranger and conductor

Frank Cordell composed music under the name Frank Meilleur or Meillear (Meillear being his mother’s maiden name). Cordell composed over twenty major music scores including The Voice of Merrill (1952), First on the Road (1957), The Rebel (1961) starring Tony Hancock, The Bargee (1964), Never Put It in Writing (1964), Khartoum (1966), Mosquito Squadron (1969), Ring of Bright Water (1969), Hell Boats (1970), Cromwell (1970), Trial by Combat (1976), and God Told Me To (Demon in the U.S.) (1976). Between his film scores Cordell wrote concert hall works including the Concerto for Cello, the Concerto for Horn, a wind quartet entitled Interplay; also pieces for saxophone quartet, Gestures and Patterns, and mood miniatures such as Production Drive.


VIDEO: Music composed by Frank Cordell for the movie Khartoum (1966). 

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American Songbook Preservation Society

The period from 1920 to 1960 represents the apex of American popular music, that produced a treasure trove of talented musicians the likes of which the world has never known before or since. From vocalists like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and composers/lyricists such as George and Ira Gershwin and Irving Berlin, America gifted the world with music of a higher caliber, but today that music has all but disappeared from the cultural landscape. The Great American Songbook is a body of music that is lauded the world over for representing the zenith of American culture and songwriting at its best. And it has never before been so important to take action to preserve and restore this vital cultural resource and access to it.

With vinyl and compact disc recordings quickly becoming a distant memory, record stores disappearing and live performance dwindling, there is a very real danger that this music will be lost to future generations. Perhaps Tony Bennett put it best when he said, "This is America's classical music." American Songbook Preservation Society (ASPS) has launched an Indiegogo funding effort to attract an army of volunteers that will assist in developing a wiki to catalog existing Internet resources about the Great American Songbook. ASPS is also developing its own resources including digitized text, photos, sound and film to keep this truly American musical legacy in front of the public for the next 100 years and beyond.

ASPS looks forward to disseminating information and educational materials free to the public as a destination on the world wide web. American Songbook Preservation Society is a performance organization whose purpose since 2003 has been to continue the legacy of the Great American Songbook by presenting this music to public at home and abroad as Ambassadors of Song. The organization features highly accomplished musicians and singers performing these works for public benefit and educational purposes. To participate in this effort, please click on the link below.
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