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Nelson – Biography Overview

Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. (June 1, 1921 – October 6, 1985) Academy Award and Grammy winning arranger, composer and bandleader whose career spanned from the late 1940s, right through to his death in the 1980s is responsible for creating a legendary sound known and loved by generations the world over. Nelson shot to fame in the 1950s from his work for Capitol Records, providing arrangements and musical direction to such vocalists as Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin,  Judy Garland, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney and Keely Smith but above all it was the collaboration between Nelson and Francis Albert Sinatra that perhaps signified the the greatest musical marriage or all time. In the 1980s after somewhat of a lull his career once again shot to platinum award winning prominence with singer Linda Ronstadt on a series of highly successful albums and international concerts.

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