Lex de Azevedo

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Lex de Azevedo
Alexis King de Azevedo

(1943-01-14) January 14, 1943 (age 76)
OccupationProducer, director, composer, musician, actor
Spouse(s)Linda Jan Carter (divorced 1994)
Peggy Davis (divorced)
Roseângela de Azevedo
Children10 (including Emilie Brown, Rachel Coleman)
Parent(s)Alyce King Clarke (mother/deceased), Sydney de Azevedo (biological father/deceased), Robert Clarke (stepfather/deceased)
FamilyCam Clarke (half-brother)

Alexis "Lex" King de Azevedo (born January 14, 1943) is an American composer, song writer, pianist, actor and singer known primarily for his film scores and his work on The Swan Princess of which one of his songs was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. De Azevedo, a Mormon, also produced the music for the LDS musical Saturday's Warrior.


Lex de Azevedo was born in Los Angeles, the son of Alyce King of The King Sisters by her first marriage.[1] He served as a musical director for The Sonny & Cher Show, Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five and The Osmonds.[2] He composed the scores for the films Where the Red Fern Grows and The Swan Princess,[3] for the latter he was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1995 for the song "Far Longer than Forever".[4]

During the 1960s, De Azevedo produced several albums for Capitol Records,[5] including Laurindo Almeida's Plays for a Man and a Woman and the Four King Cousins' Introducing the Four King Cousins.[citation needed]

He produced the hit version, by the Youngstown, Ohio-based quartet the Human Beinz, of the Isley Brothers' "Nobody but Me", which rose to #8 in 1968.[6][7] He composed for pop singers (including many members of his own family) and the stage.[8]

He is also credited as the co-writer of the Latter-day Saint production, Saturday's Warrior.[9]

De Azevedo has ten children.[citation needed] His daughters Rachel and Emilie[10] are the creators and producers of the Signing Time! videos, designed to teach children American Sign Language, and he appears in them during the grandparents sequence of Vol. 2. De Azevedo's daughter Julie de Azevedo Hanks[11] is a Mormon inspirational pop singer. She is also a psychologist who owns and runs Wasatch Family Therapy.[12]


With Stan Kenton

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  1. ^ "Utah Celebrities – 04: D-E". The Signature Books Library. Signature Books. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  2. ^ "LDS Audio: Lex de Azevedo". Deseret Book. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  3. ^ "Lex de Azevedo: Information from Answers.com". Answers.com. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  4. ^ "IMDb: Awards for Lex de Azevedo". Amazon. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  5. ^ Casper, Nathan (April 16, 2008). "BYU NewsNet: LDS Musicians Aim to Break into Christian Music". Brigham Young University. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  6. ^ "Nobody But Me" at 45cat.com
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955–2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 326. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.
  8. ^ Hicks, Michael (1989). Mormonism and music: a history (1 ed.). Illinois: University of Illinois Press. p. 203. ISBN 0-252-07147-6. Retrieved May 31, 2010.
  9. ^ "Amazon.com: Lex de Azevedo". Amazon.com. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  10. ^ "Lex de Azevedo – Biography". IMDb.com. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  11. ^ "Lex de Azevedo". Deseret Book. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  12. ^ Deseret Book profile on Julie de Azevedo Hanks, deseretbook.com; accessed January 10, 2016. De Azevedo’s youngest daughter, Sarah de Azevedo, is a professional tattoo artist and business owner in Salt Lake City.

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