The Arrangers

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Richard Niles presents a six-part series which explores the music of six arrangers who, despite being dismissed as `middle of the road', achieved massive popularity in the 50s and 60s.

1: Mantovani.

Cascading strings led to fame and fortune for the son of an Italian violinist, as he found an instantly recognisable sound which his work retains to this day.

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Richard Niles presents a six-part series which explores the music of six arrangers who achieved massive popularity in the 50s and 60s with `middle of the road' music.

2: Bert Kaempfert.

Starting out as an arranger for Polydor, he famously discovered and recorded the then unknown Beatles, as well scoring success with a string of smash hits like `Spanish Eyes', `Strangers in the Night' and `Swingin' Safari'.

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Richard Niles presents a six-part series exploring the music of six arrangers who produced some of the most memorable music of the 20th century. 2: `Stan Kenton'.

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Richard Niles presents a series exploring the music of six arrangers who achieved massive popularity in the 50s and 60s.

3: Percy Faith.

A founding father of easy listening, he was one of the few bandleaders to arrange all his own material, and one of the biggest selling artists of the 50s.

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Richard Niles presents a series about six arrangers who, despite being dismissed as `middle of the road', produced some of the most memorable music of the 20th century. 3: Herb Alpert. Alpert's trick of taping a second trumpet part slightly off key proved to be one of the most lucrative flukes in the history of music. With recollections by former Tijuana Brass members John Pisano, Bob Edmundson and Pat Senatore.

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Richard Niles presents a six-part series exploring the music of half a dozen arrangers who produced some of the most memorable music of the 20th century.

3: `Billy May'.

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Richard Niles presents a series exploring the music of six arrangers who achieved massive popularity in the 50s and 60s.

4: Geoff Love.

The most prolific arranger in British music, he covered everything from Strauss to the Bee Gees on over 80 albums, and worked with such artists as Paul Robeson and Marlene Dietrich

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Richard Niles presents a series about six arrangers who, despite being dismissed as `middle of the road', produced some of the most memorable music of the 20th century. 4: Xavier Cugat. A look at how Xavier Cugat brought the sexy sounds of Latin America into the cocktail lounges of the world.

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Richard Niles presents a series about six arrangers who, despite being dismissed as `middle of the road', produced some of the most memorable music of the 20th century. 5: Paul Weston. The work of the master of mood music Paul Weston, who tinkled the ivories with singing wife Jo Stafford as comedy duo Jonathan and Darlene Edwards.

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Richard Niles presents a six-part series exploring the music of six arrangers who produced some of the most memorable music of the 20th century. 5: `Pete Rugolo'.

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Richard Niles presents a series exploring the music of six arrangers who achieved mass popularity in the 50s and 60s.

5: Ray Conniff.

Ray Conniff first came to prominence playing big band jazz, but really made it big through his easy listening classic `S'Wonderful', which was a huge hit.

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Richard Niles presents a series exploring the music of six arrangers who achieved mass popularity in the 50s and 60s.

6: James Last.

With over 200 gold records and some of the best album covers of all time, he had a genius for taking a melody - from the Beatles to Beethoven - and making it his own.

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Richard Niles concludes a series about six arrangers who, despite being dismissed as `middle of the road', produced some of the most memorable music of the 20th century. 6: Juan Garcia Esquivel. The work of the king of space-age pop.

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Richard Niles presents the concluding part of a series exploring the music of six arrangers who produced some of the most memorable music of the 20th century. 6: `Quincy Jones'.

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Richard Niles returns with a second series exploring the music of six arrangers who, despite being dismissed as `middle of the road', produced some of the most memorable music of the 20th century.

1: Nelson Riddle.

The work of the man who got `under the skin' of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Linda Ronstadt.

0202The Greatest String Arranger In The World20010406

Richard Niles presents a series exploring the music of six arrangers who, despite being dismissed as `middle of the road', produced some of the most memorable music of the 20th century. 2: Robert Farnon. Andre Previn called him `the greatest string arranger in the world', and his fans include Oscar Peterson, Quincy Jones and Tony Bennett.