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Considered by many as one of the greatest arrangers in the history of American popular music, Nelson Riddle was and is still well known for his talents. Having arranged for and played with big band greats Charlie Spivak and Tommy Dorsey in the 40s, he found his own sound in working with many famous vocalists from the 50’s into the 80’s: Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, and Linda Ronstadt. He also composed for movies and TV.

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Happy Birthday Nelson!

Happy Birthday Nelson!

This day in 1921 Nelson Riddle was born in Bergen Co., New Jersey. Today we are celebrating his life and [Read More]

Carnegie Hall – A Phenomenal Success!

Carnegie Hall – A Phenomenal Success!

After 53 years, Nelson’s iconic arrangements for his Ella Fitzgerald Gershwin Songbook album are [Read More]

Celebrating Ella at Carnegie Hall

Celebrating Ella at Carnegie Hall

We are hard at work preparing the for our historic event on March 16th at Carnegie Hall. Together with the [Read More]

Holiday Issue Letter by Keith Pawlak

Holiday Issue Letter by Keith Pawlak

One of the most striking qualities about Nelson Riddle was his ability to remain musically active during [Read More]

Kickstarting the Nelson Riddle Orchestra’s bid for WOMEX

Kickstarting the Nelson Riddle Orchestra’s bid for WOMEX

The Nelson Riddle Orchestra has, for the past three years, been in redevelopment by the Riddle family and we [Read More]

The Witty Composer

The Witty Composer

(Nelson Riddle Appreciation Society “Nelson’s Notes” ARCHIVES, May 2009) by Alphonso [Read More]

ARCHIVES: The Riddle/Schwartz Interview

ARCHIVES: The Riddle/Schwartz Interview

by Warren Schroeger The year was 1982: The Cardinals win the World Series, a first class stamp costs 20 [Read More]

ARCHIVES: GEM OF A CLIP

ARCHIVES: GEM OF A CLIP

(Nelson Riddle Appreciation Society “Nelson’s Notes” ARCHIVES, May 2009) By Vernise Elaine [Read More]

ARCHIVES: Music vet Alan Livingston dies at 91

ARCHIVES: Music vet Alan Livingston dies at 91

(Nelson Riddle Appreciation Society “Nelson’s Notes” ARCHIVES, May 2009) Posted: Fri., Mar. [Read More]

ARCHIVES: 50 Years Ago  by Alan Wright

ARCHIVES: 50 Years Ago by Alan Wright

(Nelson Riddle Appreciation Society “Nelson’s Notes” ARCHIVES, May 2009) [Read More]