Al Capps

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Al Capps
Born Allan Alfonzo Capps
(1939-04-26) April 26, 1939 (age 79)
Arkansas
Died Template:06-07-2018 and age
Michigan
Nationality American
Education multi-instrumentalist, vocalist
Known for Record producer, arranger, songwriter

Allan Alfonzo (Al) Capps (Arkansas, 26 April 1939 - Michigan, 7 June 2018)[1] is an American record producer, arranger, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist. Since the 1960s and 1970s, he has produced and arranged albums for popular artists such as Cher, Andy Williams, Helen Reddy, José Feliciano, Vicki Lawrence and Liza Minnelli, and has delivered film music for more than twenty films. As a musician he played on albums by The Everly Brothers, Gábor Szabó, and Frank Sinatra. More recently, he has made music for commercials of international brands.

Biography[edit]

Capps produced and arranged albums for many artists, including Andy Williams, Helen Reddy, Vikki Carr, José Feliciano, Liza Minnelli, The Osmonds, Cher, Jennifer Warnes, The Lennon Sisters, The Ventures and The Cats. In the seventies he was a fixed arranger of Snuff Garrett.[2][3][4]

During sessions he sometimes took part in the background choir, such as on the album Introducing of Sparks. He also is a multi-instrumentalist and played on records by The Everly Brothers, Gábor Szabó, Bobby Vinton, Frank Sinatra and others. He also recorded music himself, such as in 1971 the promo single of Jesus Christ, Superstar (cover version).[3][4]

He has made film music for more than twenty films, including The Windsplitter (1971), Sasquatch, the Legend of Bigfoot (1977), Buffalo Rider (1978), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), Sharky's Machine (1981), The Cannonball Run (1981), Stroker Ace (1983), and Flawless (1999), and a handful of television films.[3][5]

Capps still works in the music industry to this day.[2] In 2007 he issued the album Great Easy-Listening Hits Of The '60s under the name The Al Capps Orchestra.[6] In recent years he has also made music for commercials of brands such as Pepsi, Mercedes Swatch, Cadillac, Budweiser and Hilton.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allen Funeral, Allan Capps
  2. ^ a b c Johan Tol and Michel Veerman, Lost on Larrabee - The 'Love in your eyes' recordings in L.A. - The Cats (Dutch), 2014, pages 16, 62-64
  3. ^ a b c Worldcat, Al Capps
  4. ^ a b Discogs
  5. ^ NY Times, Al Capps filmography
  6. ^ Last FM, The Al Capps Orchestra