Winterhalter, Hugo, 1909-1973

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Hugo Winterhalter (1909-1973) was a popular music arranger and conductor during the twentieth century. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and educated at Mount St. Mary's College and the New England Conservatory of Music, Winterhalter was the leader of his own big band, the Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra, and he arranged and conducted a number of popular hits recorded by the band between the 1940s and 1960s, including "Blue Christmas" (1947), "Count Every Star" (1950), and "Canadian Sunset" (1956). Winterhalter also arranged numerous hits performed and recorded by other popular recording artists, including Eddie Fisher ("Wish You Were Here" and "Sunrise, Sunset"), Johnny Mercer ("Autumn Leaves" and "On the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe"), and Perry Como ("Zing Zing Zoom Zoom" and "Love Makes the World Go Round"). Winterhalter also worked in the motion picture industry and arranged soundtracks for a number of movies during the 1950s and 1960s, including "Bundle of Joy" (1956), "Diamond Head" (1963), and "Goldfinger" (1965). He also worked in Broadway and arranged music for a number of popular Broadway musicals between the 1950s and 1970s, including "Paint Your Wagon" (1951-1952), "Man of La Mancha" (1965-1971), and "Hair" (1968-1972).

From the description of Hugo Winterhalter papers, 1947-1972. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 182548611

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referencedIn The Benny Goodman Papers, 1910-1992, inclusive Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Winterhalter, Hugo, 1909-1973. Hugo Winterhalter papers, 1947-1972. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn Jan Peerce collection of sound recordings, 1932-1983 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Irving Berlin collection of non-commercial sound recordings [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
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associatedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989 person
associatedWith Fisher, Eddie. person
associatedWith Goodman, Benny, 1909- person
associatedWith Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra. corporateBody
associatedWith Peerce, Jan, 1904-1984 person
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Motion picture music--20th century
Conductors (Music)--20th century
Big bands--20th century
Arrangers (Musicians)--20th century
Music in theater--20th century
Conducting--20th century
Big band music--20th century
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Birth 1909-08-15

Death 1973-09-17




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SNAC ID: 18161625