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The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop(4)

December 08. 2016

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In the early 1950s, Hal Schaefer was working at the 20th Century Fox studio in Hollywood as a musician, musical arranger and vocal coach.

He served as a vocal coach for such stars as Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe.Jane Russell, Mitzi Gaynor and Susan Hayward,

He was romantically linked to Marilyn Monroe.

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Hal Schaefer and Marilyn Monroe(Photo by The New York Times)

Unfortunately he became embroiled in a Hollywood scandal involving three of the biggest celebrities of the time: Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra.

Three months before the Monroe-DiMaggio divorce, in July 1954, Schaefer tried to kill himself.

In 1955, he moved to New York, where he recorded “The RCA Victor Jazz Workshop”.

Hal Schaeferは1950年代初め、ハリウッドの20世紀フォックススタジオでミュージシャン、音楽アレンジャー、ボーカルコーチをしていました。ジュディ・ガーランド、マリリン・モンロー、ジェーン・ラッセル、ミッチ・ゲイナー、スーザン・ヘイワードのボーカルコーチを務めていました。彼はマリリン・モンローの恋人になりました。この結果、モンロー、ジョー・ディマッジョ、フランク・シナトラを含むハリウッドのスキャンダルに巻き込まれました。
1954年、彼は自殺未遂を起こした後、ニューヨークに移りこのレコードを録音しました。

Here is “HAL SCHAEFER IN HOLLYWOOD VIDEO SAMPLER”.

Here is Hal Schaefer band play “Dancing In The Dark”.

Hal McKusick, Sam Marowitz, Phil Woods (as) Hal Schaefer (p) Milt Hinton (b) Osie Johnson (dm)

New York City, November 28, 1955

Here is Hal Schaefer band play “Imagination”.

Here is HAL SCHAEFER OCTET play “A Song for You”.

Billy Byers, Urbie Green, Fred Ohms, Chauncey Welsh (tb) Tom Mitchell (b-tb) Hal Schaefer(p)

Milt Hinton (b) Osie Johnson (dm)      New York City, November 9, 1955

Here is Hal Schaefer band play “This One’s For Jack”.

Here is “The Wrong Door Raid 1954” – Marilyn Monroe,Hal Schaefer,Joe Dimaggio,Frank Sinatra

Dick Haymes(2)

October 07, 2016

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Photo of Forrest and Haymes at the start of Haymes’ radio show in 1944.

Dick Haymes left Harry James orchestra in April 1942 and joined Benny Goodman orchestra.

By the end of 1942, he left Goodman for Tommy Dorsey’s orchestra, again replacing Frank Sinatra.

In 1942 he teamed with singer Helen Forrest for many hit duets during World War II.

They recorded together both in the studio and for radio broadcasts.

The partnership of Hames and Forrest was one of the best in the history of popular music.

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In particular ,“Long Ago (and Far Away)” is a popular song from “Cover Girl” starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly.

Cover Girl marked the first film collaboration of Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin.

The film featured his future wife Rita Hayworth.

Here is Dick Haymes and Helen Forrest sing “Long Ago (And Far Away).”

Dick Haymes and Helen Forrest(1978 TV). Here is they sing “It Had To Be You”

Here is “Cover Girl” by Gene Kelly & Rita Hayworth.

The legend manager,Martha Glaser and Helen Keane(4)

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Photo by Erroll Garner Exhibit @ Pitt

Martha Glaser was also a pioneer in the concept of musical artists owning the copyrights.

So she maintained her tireless effort to keep Erroll’s  right.

In 1970 Clint Eastwood produced “Play Misty for Me”.

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The title of film was derived from the Garner’s “Misty.”

“Misty” plays a key role in the plot of the movie.

She argued for all rights that are associated with “Misty”.

Ms.Glaser and Erroll Garner were involved in a long struggle with Clint Eastwood.

“Misty” plays a key role in the plot of the movie.

Consequently Clint Eastwood and Universal paid $25,000 to use the song in the film.

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Photo by Erroll Garner Exhibit @ Pitt

 This is “PLAY MISTY FOR ME”.

Martha Glaser passed away December 3, 2014.

Again please refer to “Erroll Garner Exhibit @ Pitt” about her accomplishment .

This is Erroll Garner plays ”Misty”.

Claude Lelouch and Francis Lai(5)

This week, I found many amazing photos and clips about legendary director Claude Lelouch.

At last I will introduce a few works of Francis Lai that were not produced with Claude Lelouch.

The following is my favorite tune.

This is “Du Soleil Plein Les Yeux”(さらば夏の日)

This is old trailer in Japan “La Lecon Particuliere”(個人教授)

Nathalie Delon (ナタリー・ドロン),Renaud Verley (ルノー・ベルレー)

The insert song by “Nicole Croisille” (ニコル・クロワジーユ)

This is Love Story Theme from soundtrack(ある愛の詩)

This is HD Remastered Trailer of “La Valse Du Marriage”(雨の訪問者のワルツ)

Claude Lelouch and Francis Lai(4)

 

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I will post my most favorite movie thema song.

“13 Jours en France” was the best music in past documentary film.

This film was a big hit only in Japan.

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I guess the following winter Olympic venue was at Sapporo in Japan.

In addition leading role of this tournament was two people,Peggy Fleming and skier Jean-Claude Killy.

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Photo of Peggy Gail Fleming

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Photo of Jean-Claude Killy

Most impressive scener was alpine ski race.

A cameraman was skiing with a high speed (he did not a ski pole) behind players.

Pierre Ballou and Nicole click Loisir were singing the insert song.

It seems Claude’s work was influenced by Kon Ichikawa supervision work “Tokyo Olympiad.

This is “13 Jours en France”(白い恋人たち).

 

 

Claude Lelouch and Francis Lai(3)

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Photo by Official website

I will again post a summary of this concert.

This concert is selected 17 movies from some famous works of Claude Lelouch and Francis Lai.

Each of highlight scene of 17 works has been re-edited by omnibus form.

Their work was reborn in a new film work.

New film will be screened at a giant screen with live orchestral performance by about 60 people.

Please refer to the Films list.Go here

“A Man and a Woman” has been digitally remastered at 50 Anniversary.

Here is a trailer of new “A Man and a Woman”.

Claude Lelouch and Francis Lai(2)

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Photo above of Francis Lai by Official site of the concert

At Invalides Square in Paris September 2014 a terrific event had held as a national major cultural event.

Claude Lelouch director movie had been revived as new cinema-concert by beautiful score of Francis Lai composer.

The French New Wave film “A Man and a Woman” came out in the summer of 1966.

The film won several awards, including the Palme d’Or at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival.

Then the film was selected for screening as part of the Cannes Classics section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

In 1965 he was hired to help write the score for the film A Man and a Woman.

The film’s theme song was created with music by Francis Lai and lyrics by Pierre Barouh

The score was a great hit with the piece ‘chabadabada’ by Nicole Croisille and Pierre Barouh

Recently I read an interesting article by Marc Myers.Go here

Here is A Man and a Woman (Original Soundtrack LP 1967)