Dorothy Dodd

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Dorothy Dodd (1926-2006) was an Australian popular song composer and lyricist of the mid-twentieth century. She was best known for the English lyrics to the widely recorded song "Granada".

Her other works include English lyrics for "Historia de amor" by Carlos Almaran, entitled "The History of Love",[1] and lyrics for "Velvet Waters", an American instrumental composition by William Plunkett. Vocal versions of "Velvet Waters" were recorded in Australia by Bruce Gillespie (1960) and Tony Worsley (1965).[2][3][4][5]

Dodd studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and had her first song published, "Rainbow of Dreams", at age 20.[6]

She was President of the Fellowship of Australian Composers.[7]

Further songs composed by Dorothy include:

  • The People In The Park (The Inspiration Waltz) (music by Leila Ruth Rowland) (1948)
  • Caravan of Dreams (1945)
  • Couldn't You Learn To Love Me (1948)
  • Making A Cake For Mary (1945)
  • Overcast (1942)
  • Remember The Day (1943)
  • There's A New Kinda Moon (1948)
  • When Winter Turns To Spring (1942)
  • Boulevarde Romance (Bistro) (music by Albert Dutrieux and Henry Segers; recorded by Ray Melton) (1961).

References[edit]

  1. ^ HISTORY OF LOVE Historia de amor, in Catalog of Copyright Entries: Third series, Vol. 12, Part 5, Number 2, Music, Library of Congress, Washington, 1959, p. 1332, retrieved May 31, 2019
  2. ^ The Megatrons - "Velvet Waters" (William Plunkett), 1959 US release, details at 45cat.com, retrieved May 31, 2019
  3. ^ Bruce Gillespie - "Velvet Waters" (Plunkett, Dodd), 1960 Australian release, details at 45cat.com, retrieved May 31, 2019
  4. ^ Tony Worsley - "Velvet Waters" (W. Plunkett, D. Dodd), 1965 Australian release, details at 45cat.com, retrieved May 31, 2019
  5. ^ "Composing is no goldmine". The Australian Women's Weekly. 34 (27). 30 November 1966. p. 27. Retrieved 20 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia. (This 1966 story carelessly refers to "History of Love" and "Velvet Waters" as "compositions" of Dorothy Dodd.)
  6. ^ "Girl Combines Sport And Music". The Sunday Herald (49). Sydney. 1 January 1950. p. 10 (Sporting Section). Retrieved 20 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Major music survey". The Canberra Times. 44 (12, 432). 3 October 1969. p. 15. Retrieved 20 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.