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  • Camarata dead at 91

    Posted on Mon, Apr. 18, 2005

    Music arranger-composer Salvador "Tutti" Camarata dead at 91

    Associated Press


    BURBANK, Calif. - Salvador "Tutti" Camarata, who worked with everyone from Bing Crosby to Billie Holiday to Disney teen heartthrob Annette Funicello in a long and distinguished career as a composer, arranger and trumpeter, has died at the age of 91.

    Camarata died Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank after a brief illness, said his son, Paul Camarata.

    In addition to his Big Band work in the 1930s and '40s, Camarata was the musical conductor for several TV series, including "Startime," "The Vic Damone Show" and "The Alcoa Hour." He was also the vocal supervisor for the 1963 movie "Summer Magic," which included musical performances by Hayley Mills and Burl Ives.

    While living in England in the late 1940s, Camarata co-founded London Records with Sir Edward Lewis to make classical and pop recordings for U.S. distribution. Among the label's best known artists were the Rolling Stones.

    Returning to the United States in the 1950s, he joined with Walt Disney in co-founding Disneyland Records, which recorded such pop stars as Funicello and Mills.

    It was there that he helped Funicello the former "Mickey Mouse Club" mousketeer, develop the vocal style that briefly made her a pop star in the mid-1960s.

    "Annette felt she couldn't sing," Camarata once said. "So I developed a way of recording her voice, creating an echo. The first time she heard it, she was surprised and happy. She began to gain more confidence as a vocalist."

    In 1960 he opened Sunset Sound Recorders, where the Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Miles Davis and others have recorded. His son currently runs the studio.

    Camarata studied music at the Juilliard School in New York before embarking on a career as a Big Band trumpeter in the 1930s. He was both lead trumpeter and arranger for Jimmy Dorsey's band, arranging such hits as "Tangerine," "Green Eyes" and "Yours."

    He left Dorsey in the early 1940s to work as an arranger for Glen Cray and the Casa Loma Orchestra and for Benny Goodman's band. He also arranged music for Crosby, Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and others.

    His own recordings include "Tutti's Trumpets," recorded in 1957 and considered a classic for trumpet composition. In the 1970s, he orchestrated and conducted a series of albums for the London label that showcased the work of Bach, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.

  • #2
    Oh no......Tutti's tooted. I'll miss him and his orchestral sounds of Disney.
    "As usual he's taken over the coolest spot in the house"- Father re: Orville 1963

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    • #3
      Some of my favorite LP's of all time conducted or produced by Camarata:

      Alice in Wonderland (with Darlene Gillespie)
      Hawaiiannette (Annette)
      Babes in Toyland (Original Cast)
      Summer Magic (Original Cast)
      Hi-Ho (Mary Martin)
      Sleeping Beauty (Told and Sung by Mary Martin)
      The Parent Trap! (Original Cast)
      Italiannette (Annette)
      Annette's Beach Party
      Annette at Bikini Beach
      Muscle Beach Party (Annette)
      Something Borrowed, Something Blue (Annette)
      Annette
      Annette Sings Anka
      Annette's Pajama Party
      DanceAnnette
      Annette Sings Golden Surfin' Hits
      Camarata Interpets Sonow White and the Seven Dwarfs
      Camarata Conducts Music From Cinderella and Bambi
      33 Great Motion Picture Melodies by Camarata
      Disney Songs the Satchmo Way (Louis Armstrong)
      Let's Fly with Mary Poppins (Louis Prima, Gia Mione)
      Let's Get Together With Hayley Mills

      ...and so many other LP's and singles... Thanks, Tutti, for all the inspiration and enjoyment (and for giving Annette the triple voice-echo chamber sound!)!

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      • #4
        OMG, thank you so much for posting this. I've become a big fan of Camarata over the last few years.

        I had the Mary Martin "Sleeping Beauty" record when I was a kid and it was hands-down one of my favorites. I wore the thing out, so I found a pristeen copy on eBay a few years back and transferred it to CD last summer. In listening to it again as an adult, I was stuck by how the entire record is underscored. The underscoring and the musical arrangements aren't simply lifted from the film soundtrack, they were entirely arranged specifically for this album. Amazing. Really amazing.

        I've also gotten hooked on his "Seasons" LP's. They're pretty cheesy, but I love them. They used to play selections from "Winter" on Main Street at Christmastime... maybe they still do. And come October, I really need "Autumn" to put me in the mood. some of those arrangements are a little creepy!

        BTW, I've been searching, literally, for years trying to find "Summer." It seems to be the rarest of the "Seasons" LP's. If anyone out there has it or knows where I can find it, I'd appreciate it. (Randy Thornton, are you listening? :o )

        Mr. Camarata, thank you for your work. God gave you an amazing talent. You will be missed.
        "George Bush... is only for now."
        Avenue Q

        Just because it's gone doesn't mean I changed my mind! :cwink:

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        • #5
          I run across Summer occasionally, but that does seem to be the rarest one. There is also a box set of all four.

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          • #6
            I've read about the box set, but never seen it. If you're ever inclined to pass along the info when you spot "Summer" I'd appreciate it. (I got my Mom hooked on Camarata --- it's the kind of music she loved back in the 60's & 70's --- and she's been looking for "Summer" also...)

            Not all of my "Seasons" are the stereo version, either, so that's something I'd like to fix also.

            I also love the Cinderella/Bambi album. I got a copy from eBay a while back... not the best conditon, but considering how rare it is, I jumped at the chance. Using some additional sources (mainly the 33 Great Melodies LP), I was able to "reconstruct" a decent version to burn on CD. I worked pretty hard on it and even though it's not perfect, it means a lot to me.
            "George Bush... is only for now."
            Avenue Q

            Just because it's gone doesn't mean I changed my mind! :cwink:

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