Nelson Riddle: The Man Behind the Music

Nelson Riddle: The Man Behind the Music

by David Morrell

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David Morrell isn’t only an acclaimed thriller author. He’s also a former professor of American Studies who writes in-depth profiles about music and film legends.

Frank Sinatra. Nat “King” Cole. Ella Fitzgerald. Judy Garland. Peggy Lee. Rosemary Cloony. Linda Ronstadt. No matter their various styles, these and other iconic popular singers had one thing in common—much of their best work was arranged by Nelson Riddle, whose renown within the world of arrangers rivaled that of the legends for whom he wrote. Indeed, some critics maintain that, if not for Riddle, Sinatra might not have overcome his mid-career failure and climbed to the superstar status that he eventually attained.

In Nelson Riddle: The Man Behind the Music, bestselling author David Morrell discusses the career of a musical genius, who changed popular music and proved that a great arranger is as important as a great song and a great singer. This groundbreaking study describes Riddle’s remarkable achievements, analyzing the musical principles that made his arrangements so unmistakable and influential. At its core is the irony that a man whose music is described as “light” and “bright” should have been so bitter and disappointed in his life.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016040837
Publisher: MEI Books
Publication date: 01/23/2013
Series: The David Morrell Cultural-Icon Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 379 KB

About the Author

Although David Morrell is best known for his award-winning novel First Blood, he is also a former professor of American literature. With an M.A. and Ph.D. from Penn State, he taught in the English department at the University of Iowa for sixteen years. As a teenager, wanting to become a composer and arranger, he devoted several years to studying musical theory, harmony, counterpoint, and orchestration. He played piano in dance bands and small clubs. Simultaneously, he became interested in writing novels and eventually abandoned what he had expected would be a career in music.
Morrell is the author of more than thirty books, including the espionage trilogy, The Brotherhood of the Rose (the basis for the only television miniseries to be broadcast after a Super Bowl), The Fraternity of the Stone, and The League of Night and Fog. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, he received the career-achievement Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization in 2009. With eighteen million copies in print, his work has been translated into twenty-six languages. He can be contacted at his website,

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