George Melachrino

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George Melachrino (born George Miltiades; 1 May 1909 – 18 June 1965)[1] was a musician, movie composer, and musical director who was English born of Greek and Italian descent. He was an accomplished player of the violin, viola, oboe, clarinet and saxophone.

George Melachrino was born in London, England. As a young boy, he had a love of music. At the age of five, he began composing and by the age of fourteen he enrolled in the Trinity College of Music. In 1927, he began his career by singing and playing at the Savoy Hill Studios in London. For the next twelve years, he played in many different bands and orchestras. In the 1930s, Melachrino started working for bands led by Ambrose singing & playing saxophone with Carroll Gibbons at the Savoy Hotel London, and Bert Firman, and started playing on radio for the BBC. By 1939, he started his own band and secured a contract at the Café de Paris. He joined the Army a year later, and received training at the Corps of Military Police where he became a P.T. Instructor. Melachrino also gained experience as a military musician, at the Army Broadcasting Department, as Musical Director for the recording of entertainment for overseas forces, leading the British Band of the Allied Expeditionary Forces and the Orchestra Khaki. After the war, in 1945, he formed the George Melachrino Orchestra, an orchestra that became synonymous with sweet and melodious music[citation needed]. From 1945-1947 he conducted for Richard Tauber in most of his Parlophone recordings and BBC broadcasts.

In 1956, his orchestra's track, "Autumn Concerto", reached number 18 in the UK Singles Chart, and remained in the chart for nine weeks.[1]

Melachrino frequently performed on BBC and American Armed Forces Radio. He vied with Mantovani in trying to dominate the post World War II easy listening audiences[citation needed].

The Starlight Roof Waltz, as performed by the George Melachrino Strings, was the signature tune of the radio programme Moeders wil is wet (1949–1974), the Dutch equivalent of Housewives' Choice.

His lead arranger during the British Band of the AEF & later with the Melachrino Strings was Bert Thompson, who also arranged "Little White Bull" & "The Young Ones".

Melachrino has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Selected filmography[edit]

Discography[edit]

TITLE LABEL & NUMBER YEAR
Music for Dining (10") RCA Victor DLP-1000 1952
Music for Relaxation (10") RCA Victor DLP-1001 1952
Music for Reading (10") RCA Victor DLP-1002 1952
A Melachrino Concert (10") RCA Victor LPM-1003 1952
A Melachrino Concert (EP) RCA Victor EPB-1003 1952
Melachrino Magic Strings (10") His Master's Voice DLP-1014 1953
Soft Lights and Sweet Music (10") His Master's Voice DLP-1046 1953
My Lady Fair (10") His Master's Voice DLP-1090 1953
Midnight on Park Avenue (10") His Master's Voice DLP-1101 1953
Music for Dining RCA Victor LPM-1000 1953
Music for Relaxation RCA Victor LPM-1001 1953
Music for Reading RCA Victor LPM-1002 1953
Music for Faith and Inner Calm RCA Victor LPM-1004 1954
Serenade in the Night His Master's Voice DLP-1127 1954
The Music Of The Melachrino Strings (EP) RCA Victor – EPA 491 1954
Music for Courage and Confidence RCA Victor LPM-1005 1954
The Melachrino Strings (EP) His Master's Voice – 7EG 8002 1954
Music for Courage and Confidence (EP) RCA Victor EPB-1005 1954
Music to Help You Sleep RCA Victor LPM-1006 1954
Plays Medleys Show Tunes RCA Victor LPM-1008 1954
Music for Two People Alone RCA Victor LPM-1027 1954
Music for Daydreaming RCA Victor LPM-1028 1954
Music to Work or Study By RCA Victor LPM-1029 1954
Christmas In High Fidelity RCA Victor LPM-1045 1954
Music for the Nostalgic Traveler RCA Victor LPM-1053 1955
Autumn Leaves (EP) RCA Victor – SPD 4 1955
Immortal Ladies RCA Victor LPM-1110 1955
Melodie In Penombra La Voce Del Padrone – QDLP 6023 1955
George Melachrino At San Remo 1956 (10") Odeon URL7300EP 1956
Masquerade RCA Victor LPM-1184 1956
Stardust (EP) RCA Victor – EPA-597 1956
Masquerade (2 X EP) RCA Victor – EPB-1184-3 1956
Sounds of Paris RCA Victor LPM-1261 1956
Melachrino on Broadway RCA Victor LPM-1307 1956
I'll Walk Beside You RCA Victor LPM-1329 1957
Magic In Music (EP) His Master's Voice – 7EGM 8218 1957
Those Beautiful Strings RCA Victor LPM-1330 1957
Moonlight Concerto His Master's Voice DLP-1197 1958
Fascination (EP) His Master's Voice – 7-EGS 77 1958
Under Western Skies RCA Victor LSP-1676 1958
Strauss Waltzes RCA Victor LSP-1757 1958
Lisbon at Twilight RCA Victor LSP-1762 1958
Rendezvous In Rome RCA Victor LSP-1955 1959
Christmas Joy RCA Victor LSP-2044 1959
Music of Romberg RCA Victor LSP-2106 1960
Music of Victor Herbert RCA Victor LSP-2129 1960
Music from Frank Loesser's Greenwillow RCA Victor LSP-2229 1960
The Magic Of Melachrino Strings (EP) His Master's Voice – 7EG 8470 1961
More Music for Relaxation RCA Victor LSP-2278 1961
Music from Bells Are Ringing RCA Victor LSP-2279 1961
Music of Kern RCA Victor LSP-2283 1961
More Music for Dining RCA Victor LSP-2412 1961
Music of Rodgers RCA Victor LSP-2513 1962
Waltzes of Berlin RCA Victor LSP-2561 1962
Our Man in London RCA Victor LSP-2608 1963
All the Hits from Oliver RCA Victor LSP-2660 1963
April in Paris RCA Victor LSP-2739 1963
Ballads of Berlin RCA Victor LSP-2817 1964
You and the Night and the Music RCA Victor LSP-2866 1964
Music for Romance RCA Victor LSP-2979 1965
New Sound of Broadway RCA Victor LSP-3323 1966
Something to Remember You By RCA Victor LSP-3398 1966
Music to Write Letters By Vol 1 (2 sides) RCA Victor PRM-247 1967
Love Walked In Pickwick SPC-3234 1971
Play the Tom Jones Hits Pickwick SPC-3242 1971
Love Story Pickwick SPC-3263 1972
Velvet Voices - Velvet Strings Columbia Musical Treasury P6S5532 - 6LPSet 1975
L'Orchestra D'Archi Di George Melachrino RCA – NL 45307 1982
Great Film and Show Tunes (1950-1952) Living Era CDAJA 5469 2003

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 359. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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