HUGO WINTERHALTER - WISH YOU WERE HERE
RCA BLACK DOG - 1S/A1 & 1S/A1 "I" PRESS
* NM 9/10 *
An easy listening arranger and composer, Winterhalter was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Mount St. Mary's near Emmitsburg, Maryland in 1931, where he played saxophone for the orchestra and sang in two of the choirs. He later studied violin and reed instruments at the New England Conservatory of Music. After graduating, he taught school for several years before turning professional during the mid-1930s, serving as a sideman and arranger for Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Raymond Scott, Claude Thornhill and others.
Winterhalter also arranged and conducted sessions for singers including Dinah Shore and Billy Eckstine, and in 1948 he was named musical director at MGM Records. After a two-year stint with the record label, he moved to Columbia Records, where he scored a pair of hits with his recordings of "Jealous Heart" and "Blue Christmas".
In 1950, Winterhalter signed on with RCA Victor, where he arranged sessions for many of their popular artists including Perry Como, Harry Belafonte, Eddie Fisher and the Ames Brothers; he also recorded several instrumental albums, among them 1952's Great Music Themes of Television, one of the first collections of TV theme songs ever recorded. Winterhalter also notched a series of chart hits, including "Mr. Touchdown, U.S.A.", "A Kiss to Build a Dream On", "Blue Tango", "Vanessa", "The Little Shoemaker", and "Song of The Barefoot Contessa". With pianist Eddie Heywood, he had a small hit with "Land of Dreams" (1954) and reached the number two spot with 1956's "Canadian Sunset." It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.
He remained with RCA Victor until 1963, at which time he moved to Kapp; that same year, he also penned the main title theme for the film, Diamond Head. At Kapp he recorded a handful of albums including The Best of '64 and its follow-up, The Big Hits of 1965, before leaving the label to work on Broadway. He later worked in television as well, and continued recording the occasional LP for various budget labels. His last US chart single was "Theme From 'Popi'", released on Musicor in 1969. It reached #35 in the Billboard Easy Listening Top 40.
Winterhalter died from cancer, in Greenwich, Connecticut on September 17, 1973. He is buried alongside his wife at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, New York. Winterhalter had a son, Hugo Francis Winterhalter, who was killed in Vietnam on December 29, 1966. He was with the 169th Combat Engineer Battleon. (DSC)
Hugo Winterhalter And His Orchestra* – Wish You Were Here
Label: RCA Victor – LSP-1904 [Black Dog]
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Country: US Released: 1959
A1 On A Slow Boat To China Written-By – Frank Loesser
A2 Paris In The Spring Written-By – Harry Revel, Mack Gordon
A3 Summertime In Venice Written-By – Icini*, Carl Sigman
A4 Love Letters In The Sand Written-By – Charles Kenny, J. Fred Coots, Nick Kenny
A5 Moonlight In Vermont Written-By – John Blackburn, Karl Suessdorf
A6 Around The World Written-By – Harold Adamson, Victor Young
B1 Sleigh Ride Written-By – Leroy Anderson
B2 Autumn In New York Written-By – Vernon Duke
B3 You're So Far Away Blues Written-By – Hugo Winterhalter
B4 Romance In Majorca Written-By – Patricia Rossiter, Robert Mellin
B5 Sentimental Journey Written-By – Homer*, Green*, Brown*
B6 Wish You Were Here Written-By – Harold Rome
Copyright (c) – RCA
Arranged By, Conductor, Producer – Hugo Winterhalter
Engineer [Recording] – Bob Simpson
Liner Notes – Herm Schoenfeld*
Supervised By – Joe Reisman
Recorded in Webster Hall, November 19 and December 3 and 11, 1958.
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Supervised by Joe Reisman
Arranged, conducted, and produced by Hugo Winterhalter
Side 1: J2 PY8276 1S/A1 “I”
Side 2: J2 PY8277 1S/A1 “I”
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