Gene Page

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Gene Page
Birth name Eugene Edgar Page Jr.
Born (1939-09-13)September 13, 1939
Los Angeles, California
Died August 24, 1998(1998-08-24) (aged 58)
Westwood, California
Genres R&B, Soul, Pop, Funk, Jazz, Dance,, Disco
Occupation(s) Pianist, Arranger, Composer and Producer.
Instruments Piano, Violin
Years active 1960–1998
Labels Atlantic Records
Arista Records
Associated acts Barry White
Atlantic Starr
Kenny Rogers
Elton John

Eugene Edgar "Gene" Page Jr.[1] (September 13, 1939 – August 24, 1998) was an influential conductor, composer, arranger and record producer most active from the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s.

Known for his craftsmanship, his extraordinary string arrangements, intricate horn patterns and musical arrangement style,[citation needed] his sound can be heard in the arrangements he did for Jefferson Starship, the Righteous Brothers, the Supremes, the Four Tops, Barbra Streisand, Donna Loren, Martha and the Vandellas, Cher, Barry White, the Love Unlimited Orchestra, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, George Benson, the Jackson 5, Roberta Flack, Elton John ("Philadelphia Freedom"), Leo Sayer, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Frankie Valli, Helen Reddy and Lionel Richie among many other notable acts in popular music.

In addition, he released four solo albums and scored various motion picture soundtracks that include Brewster McCloud and Fun with Dick and Jane. In 1972, he was hired to score the Blaxplotation film Blacula. The soundtrack to the film is now considered a cult classic and collector's item to record enthusiasts.[citation needed]

Page was one of the most prolific arrangers/conductors of popular music during his time and worked on more than 200 gold and platinum records.[citation needed]

Death[edit]

Page died from a long term illness in Westwood, California on August 24, 1998 at age 58.[1]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[2] Record label
US US
R&B
1974 Hot City 156 41 Atlantic Records
1976 Lovelock! 45
1978 Close Encounters Arista Records
1980 Love Starts After Dark
"—" denotes the album failed to chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[3]
US US
R&B
US
Dance
1975 "All Our Dreams Are Coming True" 9
"Satin Soul" 4
1978 "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" 30
"—" denotes the single failed to chart

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Perrone, Pierre (1998-09-21), "Obituary: Gene Page", The Independent, retrieved 2011-02-20 
  2. ^ "Gene Page US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-04-28. 
  3. ^ "Gene Page US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-04-28. 

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