Richard Maltby Sr. papers 1936-2006 1956-1975
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Melvin James ("Sy") Oliver was born December 17, 1910 in Battle Creek, Michigan. His family moved to Zanesville, Ohio while Oliver was still a child. Oliver absorbed music early in life (both parents were music teachers) and learned trumpet while still a child. By the age of 17 he became a member of the territory band led by Zack Whyte. During this time he taught himself arranging as a way of proving the viability of his harmonic theories. Around 1932 he was associated with Alphonso...
Richard Maltby (1914-1991) was a composer, arranger, conductor, trumpeter, and bandleader. Born in Chicago, he studied music from a young age and wrote his first arrangement when he was around 13. By his late teens he was playing and arranging for jazz and dance bands. He briefly studied music at Northwestern University before leaving to play music full-time. During the late-1930s Maltby performed with and arranged for Little Jack Little, Roger Pryor, Bob Strong, and Henry Busse. In...
Joe Reisman (b. Dallas, TX, 16 Sept. 1924, d. Los Angeles, CA, 15 Sept. 1987) was raised in Ennis, Texas, and attended Baylor University, Texas Western College and Texas Christian University before starting his music career as a saxophonist and arranger with the Herb Miller band. Through the late 1940s he also toured with and arranged for Jimmy Joy, Bob Crosby, Jack Teagarden, Louis Prima, Glen Gray, Sam Donahue, Frankie Masters and Johnny “Scat” Davis. Reisman met Patti...
First a television film starring Ruth Gordon in 1977, the story was adapted as a stage musical with unfortunate results. This script is an early version of the musical sent to Dorothy Loudon for consideration by the director Albert Marre, but Loudon did not accept. It was announced Martha Raye would appear in it at the Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook, Ill., in Nov. 1985, but no production seems to have materialized before the one at the Belasco Theatre, New York, N.Y. Then directed by Tony Tanner, ...