He began his career playing reeds with the Cliquot Club Eskimos and later was a member of the orchestras of led by Glenn Miller, Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet, and Jan Savitt. He played alto saxophone in the first Glenn Miller orchestra, appearing on the 1937 recording "Community Swing".
He orchestrated two of Frank Sinatra's 1950s albums: Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra and Songs for Young Lovers with Nelson Riddle. He arranged Doris Day's "It's Magic" and Tony Bennett's "Who Can I Turn To?" He also recorded instrumental albums under his own name such as Seductive Strings by Siravo which featured trumpeter Doc Severinsen. He orchestrated the 1947 Universal International film Something in the Wind starring Deanna Durbin and Donald O'Connor.
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