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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Introduction by the Blog
After World War II, pop music changed substantially.Big Band music never really returned to live
tours, due to the expense of taking so many musicians out on the road and due
to competition from the crisp sound from new FM radio.Instrumental arrangers and conductors like
Percy Faith, Henry Mancini, Hugo Montenegro, Nelson Riddle, Lex
Baxter, Montovani and many others were heard on the radio and recording albums
in the new, long-playing 33rpm format.
The AM radio arena became the medium of choice for rock and
roll and for talk radio.But as music
progressed into the 1960s, the cost of getting a full orchestra together for
recording sessions skyrocketed.There
were fewer and fewer instrumental hits.Who could afford to assemble a full orchestra?
The answer was supplied by motion picture budgets.The motion picture audience still wanted
lush, new melodic lines for the pictures they went to see.As motion pictures were released, the
soundtrack album became part of the overall scene by plan and promotion, a
trend that started with the hypnotic main theme for the movie Spellbound in 1945.The composer/conductor/arranger became the
standard.After the death of Victor
Young and retirement of Max Steiner in the 1950s, the artists in the list below
took over and have provided millions of listeners with continued instrumental
music, some of which is so infectious and hypnotic that modern classical
orchestras, sometimes reluctantly!, have turned to it to increase ticket sales
for their live performances.