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Riddle Me This: Jazz Artists Remember Arranger Nelson Riddle on His Centennial

The last television episode of The Frank Sinatra Timex Show of the 1950s aired on December 13th, 1959. Hindsight suggests this was a significant event in music history, although few people watching would have known it. After all, there had been so many musical variety shows on TV throughout the decade. Many thought it would be this way forever. But big changes to popular music were on the horizon. On this occasion, three artists that defined popular and vocal jazz music during the past decade came together: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and the great arranger Nelson Riddle.
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Nelson Riddle – Music With A Heartbeat

The author of the authorized biography, “Nelson Riddle – Music With A Heartbeat” – Geoffrey Littlefield was guest during this edition of WNCW’s Friday Feature Interview of the Week. Riddle was an American composer, arranger, band leader, and worked with many legendary vocalists of popular music from Frank Sinatra to Nat King Cole to Ella Fitzgerald. Riddle’s instrumentals were also a part of many television and movie scores. Littlefield’s connection to the Riddle family makes him the perfect person to take us inside the life of Nelson Riddle. This interview originally aired April 23, 2021.
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