Stanley Black

Biography

Born: June 14, 1913; London, England   Died: November 26, 2002; London, England  
Stanley Black is well-known both as a conductor and composer, although he began his career as quite a talented jazz pianist and arranger. As a conductor, he led various ensembles ranging from dance bands to symphony orchestras; as a composer, he wrote numerous film scores, title themes for radio shows, and other works.

Black began studying piano at the age of seven. He began composing in his pre-teens, enjoying the distinction at 12
Read more of having his first work performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra during a broadcast concert. Black soon began doing jazz arrangements and won a competition with one in 1929 sponsored by the jazz publication Melody Maker. By this time, he was already a brilliant jazz pianist and soon began to appear on recordings with the bands of Harry Roy and Lew Stone. American artists Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins, on tour in England, engaged him to play on their recordings. Black developed a reputation in the 1930s mainly for his jazz pianism and arranging, but when on tour in South America with Harry Roy's band in 1938, he became strongly attracted to Latin American music, thereafter becoming identified with it in numerous performances and recordings. He signed a contract with Decca Records in 1944 and began regularly appearing on recordings over the next several decades. Among the many album titles from his early years are Jerome Kern's Symphonic Suite, Some Enchanted Evening, Festival in Costa Rica, Cuban Moonlight, Music of Cole Porter, and Sophisticate in Cuba. Black's initial recording career with Decca coincided with his appointment as conductor of the BBC Dance Orchestra in 1944, a post he held until 1952. In 1947, he began writing film scores and eventually became music director on many film projects as well. Some of his better-known film scores include It Always Rains on Sunday (1947), Mr. Potts Goes to Moscow (1952), Wonderful to Be Young! (The Young Ones in the U.S.; 1961), and The Long and the Short and the Tall (1961), where he wrote both the music score and supervised the musical direction. He was associated with more than 100 films either as composer, music director, or both. His last effort as a film composer came with the 1977 Valentino. In 1968, Black accepted the appointment as conductor of the BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra for one season. He also briefly served as associate conductor of the Osaka (Japan) Philharmonic Orchestra, beginning in 1971. He continued to appear as guest conductor throughout the 1970s and 1980s with a variety of orchestras. During this time, he also continued to make recordings for Decca, his efforts including Fiddler on the Roof and a four-volume series of popular film score excerpts entitled Film Spectacular. Black was an immensely popular figure throughout his career in England and was cited in 1986 for his artistic achievements when he was conferred an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. He remained active in the 1990s as a conductor. Among his last appearances was a charity concert in Barbican Hall in 1994, where he was joined by violinist Stéphane Grappelli. Many of Black's recordings have been reissued in the early 2000s, including Music of Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern (2000), and Gershwin Goes Latin (2002). Read less
Browse 1-22 of 22 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Khachaturian: Spartacus, Masquerade & Gayaneh / Black, London Symphony
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002530002 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Conductor:  Stanley Black
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188302 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles A. Zimmerman,  Francis S. Van Boskerck,  George Norton  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Black,  David Parkhouse,  Alan Loveday,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Rodney Bashford,  Stanley Black,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Recording Ensemble  ... 
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    Music Of Steel - Heroic Themes From The Movies
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001871502 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John T. Williams,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Helen Watts,  Brigitte [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Fassbaender,  Helga [Soprano Vocal] Dernesch,  Vera Schlosser  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Sir Georg Solti,  Stanley Black,  Antal Doráti  ... 
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    Celebrate America - Songs for the 4th of July
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001575202 Release Date: 06/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  Traditional,  Jay Ungar,  Woody Guthrie  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Rodgers,  Frederick Fennell,  Jerold D. Ottley,  John T. Williams  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fife & Drum of the Eastman Wind Ensemble,  Duel,  Eastman Wind Ensemble  ... 
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    A Tribute To Stanley Black
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473940 Release Date: 04/24/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jerry Bock,  Richard Rodgers,  Leonard Bernstein,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Ethel Merman,  Stanley Black,  Caterina Valente,  Dickie Valentine
    Conductor:  Stanley Black
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Chorus,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Phase 4 Stereo - Americana / Stanley Black, Robert Merrill
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 452495 Release Date: 12/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George S. Pomeroy,  Traditional,  Carson Robinson,  Stephen Foster  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Merrill
    Conductor:  Stanley Black
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Chorus
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    Phase 4 Stereo - Russia! / Stanley Black, London Festival
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 452492 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Traditional,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanley Black
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Chorus
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    Spectacular Dances / Stanley Black, Royal Philharmonic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 444107 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Bedrich Smetana,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Loveday
    Conductor:  Stanley Black
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Ultimate Classical - Chill Out
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766202 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Cooper,  Ilana Vered,  William Bennett,  Brigitte [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Herrmann,  Raymond Agoult,  Richard Bonynge,  Stanley Black  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Scoop
    Label: Universal Mod Afw   Catalog: 000734102 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Djalma Ferreira,  Julio Sanders,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Conductor:  Lester Lanin,  Peter Wohlert,  Herbert von Karajan,  Stanley Black  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    God Bless America - The Ultimate Patriotic Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473006 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Brackett,  John Stafford Smith,  Irving Berlin,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Marilyn Horne,  Robert Merrill
    Conductor:  Jerold Ottley,  Seiji Ozawa,  Rodney Bashford,  Frederick Fennell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra,  Grenadier Guards Band  ... 
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    Mark Twain's America
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470513 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Irving Berlin,  Scott Joplin,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Morten Gunnar Larsen,  Simon Estes,  Benjamin Luxon,  David Willison  ... 
    Conductor:  Lt. Col. Fred J. Harris,  Antal Doráti,  Stanley Black,  Willie Anthony Waters  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  New York Philharmonic members,  Canadian Brass  ... 
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  • 13.
    Psycho - Great Hitchcock Movie Thrillers / Herrmann, Black, Gibson
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436797 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bernard Herrmann,  Miklós Rózsa,  Charles Gounod
    Conductor:  Bernard Herrmann,  Stanley Black,  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Festival Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Stanley Black
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448953 Release Date: 11/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Stanley Black
    Conductor:  Stanley Black,  Robert Farnon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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    Khachaturian: Piano Concerto, Violin Concerto, Etc
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 448252 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Performer:  John Georgiadis,  Ruggiero Ricci,  Alicia de Larrocha
    Conductor:  Aram Khachaturian,  Stanley Black,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Exile On Classical Street
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 452500 Release Date: 08/13/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Igor Stravinsky,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream,  Itzhak Perlman,  Cecilia Bartoli,  György Fischer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Ernest Ansermet,  James Levine,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Borodin String Quartet  ... 
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  • 17.
    Ballet - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 68457 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Aram Khachaturian,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams,  Harry Rabinowitz,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Stanley Black  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Marches - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66710 Release Date: 12/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  John Philip Sousa,  John T. Williams,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Edward Carroll,  Crispian Steele-Perkins
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp,  John T. Williams,  Gunther Schuller,  Stanley Black  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi,  Boston Pops,  Incredible Columbia All-Star Band  ... 
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  • 19.
    Trumpet - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66702 Release Date: 12/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Jean-Baptiste Arban,  Leroy Anderson,  Herbert L. Clarke  ... 
    Performer:  William Vacchiano,  André Previn,  Wynton Marsalis,  Mark Gould  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Donald Hunsberger,  Stanley Black,  Gunther Schuller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Eastman Wind Ensemble,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Strauss - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64063 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Josef Strauss
    Conductor:  Lazar Gosman,  Eugene Ormandy,  Stanley Black,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Khachaturian: Spartacus, Gayaneh & Masquerade Suites / Black
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 417062 Release Date: 10/23/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian
    Conductor:  Stanley Black
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite;  Gershwin / Black, Farnon
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 425508 Release Date: 09/13/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ferde Grofé
    Conductor:  Robert Farnon,  Stanley Black
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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