Victor Young

Biography

Born: August 8, 1900; Chicago, IL   Died: November 11, 1956; Palm Springs, CA  
American composer Victor Young gave up a successful career as a concert violinist for popular music, becoming a major musical figure from the 1930s through the mid-'50s, writing many popular songs and scores for over 300 Hollywood films. Young was born on August 8, 1900, in Chicago where his father was a tenor in the Chicago Opera Co. He was ten years old when his mother died and after this, Young went with his sister to Warsaw, Poland, where Read more they were raised by their grandparents. He studied violin under Isador Lotto at the Warsaw Conservatory of Music, and then with private tutors before debuting in the Warsaw Philharmonic. His debut was such a total success that a music patron gave him a 1730 Guarnerius and Young was invited to tour Europe with various concert orchestras. He moved back to the U.S. after the outbreak of WWI, worked as a concert violinist, and eventually conducted movie theater orchestras in Los Angeles and Chicago, before he decided to focus on pop music. Young was an arranger and violinist in the Ted Fio Rito Band during the 1920s, while still conducting a dance theater and two movie theater orchestras. Later in the decade, Young also began conducting on Chicago radio. He moved to N.Y.C. in 1931 to work in radio and from this time on, conducted in a variety of settings, including Don Ameche's variety show and with Al Jolson. Young also served as bandleader through the 1930s and 1940s, most often backing up vocalists during the latter. In 1935, he moved to the West Coast; worked first on Paramount Pictures' Anything Goes (1936); and then became so busy with arranging, conducting; and working as music director for the movie industry that he wrote no pop songs from this time until 1940, when three different movies successfully featured his songs. Other Paramount films that he worked on include The Light That Failed (1939), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), and The Greatest Show on Earth (1953). Young also worked for Columbia Pictures on such films as Golden Boy (1939), My Foolish Heart (1949), The Quiet Man (1953), and Around the World in 80 Days (1956). In all, Young worked on over 300 films. Along with his movie work over the decades, Young had many successful singles, made occasional radio appearances, and scored a couple of Broadway productions. He received 20 Oscar nominations and was posthumously awarded an Academy Award for Around the World in 80 Days' score. Young worked with many lyricists over the course of his career, including Ned Washington, Ed Heyman, and Joe Young. Some of his best-known songs include "Sweet Sue" (1928), "Beautiful Love" (1931), "Love Me Tonight" (1932), "A Ghost of a Chance" (1933), "Stella by Starlight," "Love Letters" (1946), "Golden Earrings" (1947), "My Foolish Heart" (1950), "When I Fall in Love" (1952), and "Around the World" (1956). Read less
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Composer Conducts, Vol. 3
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5214 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Faith,  Rudolf Friml,  Leroy Anderson,  Hal Mooney  ... 
    Conductor:  Percy Faith,  Rudolf Friml,  Leroy Anderson,  Hal Mooney  ... 
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    Itzhak Perlman - Concertos, Sonatas & More
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5438882 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Erich Leinsdorf,  André Previn,  John Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Juilliard String Quartet,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Intersecting Lines / Jason Kush, Billy Test
    Label: New Focus   Catalog: 138 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ron Miller,  Victor Young,  Chick Corea,  Jason Kush  ... 
    Performer:  Jason Kush,  Billy Test
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    The Golden Age Of Hollywood
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Catalog: 24 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Steiner,  Maurice Jarre,  Elmer Bernstein,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  Howard McGill,  Mike Allen,  Kyle Horch
    Conductor:  David Firman
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    Great American Songbook / King's Singers
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 341 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Cy Coleman,  Richard Rodgers,  Cole Porter,  Arthur Hamilton  ... 
    Conductor:  David Firman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Jutland Symphony Orchestra
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    The Golden Age of Light Music: Fiddles and Bows
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5201 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emile Deltour,  Dorothy Fields,  Cole Porter,  Steve Race  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Roger,  Robert Farnon,  Frederick Fennell,  Steve Race  ... 
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    Mario Lanza - The Toast Of Hollywood
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 374163 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nicholas Brodszky,  Guy d' Hardelot,  Charles Gounod,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Lanza,  Elaine Malbin
    Conductor:  Ray Sinatra,  Constantin Callinicos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Studio Orchestra
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    Best Of Pops / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 3580 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Leroy Anderson,  Victor Young,  Meredith Willson  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    Portrait / 10forBrass
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 13294 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Dukas,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  10forBrass
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    Passione [Deluxe Edition] / Andrea Bocelli
    Label: Verve   Catalog: 001799502 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alberto Dominguez,  Armando Trovaioli,  Salvatore d' Esposito,  Osvaldo Farres  ... 
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Jennifer López,  Nelly Furtado,  Edith Piaf
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    Falling In Love With Duke Ellington
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63622 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Billy Strayhorn,  Victor Young,  Jimmie Davis  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward "Duke" Ellington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duke Ellington Orchestra
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    Label: Milan   Catalog: 36597 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cliff Martinez,  Mark Bell,  Derek Adam,  Ary Barroso  ... 
    Performer:  Bjork,  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Stan Getz,  Joao Gilberto  ... 
    Conductor:  Ray Ellis
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Stereo Into The Sixties
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5192 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Herman Clebanoff,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Ron Goodwin  ... 
    Performer:  Russ Conway,  Neill Sanders
    Conductor:  Frederick Fennell,  Herman Clebanoff,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Ron Goodwin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferrante & Teicher
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    The Jazz Album / Simon Rattle, London Sinfonietta
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 636556 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Darius Milhaud,  George Gershwin,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Collins,  John Harle,  Peter Donohoe
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  London Sinfonietta
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Light & Easy
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5187 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Kurt Weill,  Cole Porter,  Harry Rabinowitz  ... 
    Performer:  Ronnie Chamberlain
    Conductor:  Leroy Anderson,  Curt Andersen,  Dolf van der Linden,  Mahlon Merrick  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Hollywood Vol 3 / Bernas, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Catalog: 23 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Elmer Bernstein,  David Rose,  Victor Young  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bernas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Fabulous Film Themes [3 CD Set]
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 63242 Release Date: 03/06/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Francis Lai,  Leonard Rosenman  ... 
    Performer:  London Studio Orchestra
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Bright & Breezy
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5180 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Dennis,  Bob Russell,  Frederick Loewe,  P. Roberts  ... 
    Performer:  Sir Chauncey,  Marjan Rawicz,  Walter Landauer,  Manuel & the Music of the Mountains
    Conductor:  Les Baxter,  Robert Farnon,  George Melachrino,  Phillipo Andez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Knightsbridge Strings
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    Artistry - Martin Taylor
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: AKD395 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sammy Fain,  James Van Heusen,  Victor Young,  Gene de Paul  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Taylor
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    Just Songs! /	Die Singphoniker
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 801 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  John Dowland,  Berry Gordy,  Hubert Waelrant  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Die Singphoniker
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    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 56028 Release Date: 08/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lew Pollack,  Traditional,  Charles Gounod,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
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    The  Symphonic Celtic Album
    Label: Silva Classics   Catalog: 6046 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carter Burwell,  Enya,  Howard Shore,  Seán O'Riada  ... 
    Conductor:  James Fitzpatrick,  Nic Raine,  Paul Bateman,  Kenneth Alwyn  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Pianist In The Spotlight
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5173 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Craig,  Nicholas Brodszky,  Marvin Fisher,  David Rose  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Williams,  Paul Weston,  George Shearing,  David Rose  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Williams,  Paul Weston,  Billy May,  David Rose  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Billy Mayerl Rhythm Ensemble,  Pall Mall Revellers,  Carroll Gibbons & His Boy Friends
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    Label: Varese Sarabande   Catalog: 067059 Release Date: 12/21/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  David Raksin,  Bernard Herrmann,  Alex North  ... 
    Performer:  Jimmie Rodgers,  Jennifer Warnes
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  • 25.
    Louis Armstrong - More Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63114 Release Date: 12/17/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bill Katz,  Harold Arlen,  A. J. Piron,  Louis Armstrong  ... 
    Performer:  Louis Armstrong
    Conductor:  Louis Armstrong
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Louis Armstrong Orchestra,  Louis Armstrong All-Stars  ... 
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