Jeff Alexander

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Jeff Alexander
Birth name Myer Goodhue Alexander
Born (1910-07-02)July 2, 1910
Seattle, Washington
Origin Seattle, Washington
Died December 23, 1989(1989-12-23) (aged 79)
Whidbey Island, Washington
Occupation(s) Conductor, arranger, composer
Instruments Piano

Jeff Alexander (July 2, 1910 – December 23, 1989) was an American conductor, arranger, and composer of film, radio and television scores.

Early years[edit]

Born Myer Goodhue Alexander in Seattle, Washington, Alexander began performing in his teens as a singer and dancer in vaudeville productions.[1] He then began playing piano and composing big band music.

Radio[edit]

In 1939, he moved to New York City, where he arranged and composed music for radio programs, including Benny Goodman's Camel Caravan (as "Myer Alexander"), "The Lucky Strike Show" and "Amos 'n' Andy".

Alexander directed the orchestra for Songs of George Byron,[2] Arthur's Place,[3] Thirty Minutes to Play,[4] the Bill Goodwin Show,[5] and the Borden Show.[6]

He directed the chorus for The Star Theater,[7] Great Moments in Music[8] and (billed as Myer Alexander) the Goodman program.[9] His Goodman group was called "the world's only Swing Chorus."[10]

Film[edit]

In 1947, he moved to Los Angeles and began writing film and, later, television scores. His first film project was the score for Shall We Dance.[1] He ultimately composed the scores to 35 films, including The Tender Trap (1955), Jailhouse Rock (1957), Kid Galahad (1962), and Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969).

Television[edit]

Alexander's many television credits include being musical director for Please Don't Eat the Daisies[11] and music for Family Affair, Julia, and Columbo. He wrote the song "Come Wander With Me" for an episode of The Twilight Zone in 1964; it was later used in the 2003 film The Brown Bunny.[12]

Compositions[edit]

In 1956, Alexander contributed the tone poems "Yellow" and "Brown" to the album Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of Color. He also composed a symphony and other classical pieces.

Business venture[edit]

In 1944, Alexander and Lyn Murray, along with business manager Eugene Loewenthal, formed Murray-Alexander Associates in New York City. The business provided vocal groups, orchestras, and arrangements.[13]

Death[edit]

Alexander died of cancer[1] at his home[14] in Whidbey Island, Washington on December 23, 1989.[15] He was survived by his daughter, Jill.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jeff Alexander". The Index-Journal. January 17, 1990. p. 8. Retrieved July 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  2. ^ ""Songs of George Byron" Heard Tuesday and Thursday Over WHP". Harrisburg Telegraph. May 18, 1946. p. 19. Retrieved July 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ "'Arthur's Place' Scene of Special Holiday Festival'". Harrisburg Telegraph. June 28, 1947. p. 19. Retrieved July 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ Lee, Edwin (August 29, 1942). "Program Review: Thirty Minutes to Play". Billboard. p. 8. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "On the Beam". The Mason City Globe-Gazette. July 5, 1947. p. 1. Retrieved July 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  6. ^ "(photo caption)". The Mason City Globe-Gazette. July 6, 1945. p. 2. Retrieved July 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ "(The Star Theater advertisement)". The Pantagraph. March 24, 1948. p. 2. Retrieved July 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ "Creator". Harrisburg Telegraph. May 19, 1945. p. 16. Retrieved July 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ "(radio listing)". Freeport Journal-Standard. August 3, 1937. p. 5. Retrieved July 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ "King of Swing". Hope Star. July 3, 1937. p. 5. Retrieved July 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  11. ^ alexander%22 "(untitled brief)" (PDF). Broadcasting. May 10, 1965. p. 80. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Garraty, John Arthur; Carnes, Mark C. (1999). American National Biography. Oxford University Press. pp. 273–274. ISBN 0-19-512787-0. 
  13. ^ "Studio Notes" (PDF). Broadcasting. September 25, 1944. p. 54. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Jeff Alexander" (PDF). Broadcasting. January 22, 1990. p. 78. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Jeff Alexander, 79; Composer for Screen". The New York Times. 1990-01-17. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 

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