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
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Light And Latin
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5213 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernesto Lecuona,  Ary Barroso,  James Francis McHugh,  Zequinha de Abreu  ... 
    Conductor:  Werner Muller,  Percy Faith,  Paul Weston,  Carmen Dragon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clebanoff Strings
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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:  Helga Dernesch,  Claudia Hellmann,  Marilyn Tyler,  Brigitte Fassbaender  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Sir Georg Solti,  Stanley Black,  Antal Doráti  ... 
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    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 1139364 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone,  John T. Williams,  Howard Shore,  Vangelis  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Doherty,  Mark Ayres,  Sally Herbert,  Roger Woodward  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Summerbell,  Zubin Mehta,  Nic Raine,  Paul Bateman  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: A Glorious Century Of Light Music
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5200 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerome Kern,  Vernon Duke,  Ron Goodwin,  Jule Styne  ... 
    Conductor:  Cyril Ornadel,  Paul Mauriat,  Ron Goodwin,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani  ... 
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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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    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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    Musical Handyman
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 897376 Release Date: 08/17/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Orff,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Georges Bizet,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Performer:  Karin Schaupp,  David Hobson,  Teddy Tahu Rhodes [Baritone Vocals],  Li Wei  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Walker,  Benjamin Northey,  Thomas Woods,  Leonard Dommett  ... 
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    Ballet Masterpieces [35-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001347402 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Daniel-François Auber,  Jacques Offenbach,  Cesare Pugni  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Riccardo Chailly,  Semyon Bychkov,  Charles Dutoit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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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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    Golden Age Of Light Music - Great Light Orchestras Salute Gershwin & Kern
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5148 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerome Kern,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Ronnie Selbey
    Conductor:  Stanley Black,  Robert Farnon,  David Rose,  Ron Goodwin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kingsway Orchestra,  Robert Farnon Orchestra,  David Rose 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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    Golden Age Of Light Music - Great Light Orchestras Salute Cole Porter
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5127 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cole Porter
    Conductor:  Stanley Black,  Eddie Barclay,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Guy Luypaerts  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stanley Black Orchestra,  Eddie Barclay Orchestra,  Andre Kostelanetz 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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    Golden Age Of Light Music - 1950s Vol 3
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5119 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joyce Cochrane,  Jerome Kern,  Dennis Berry,  Frank Cordell  ... 
    Performer:  Bernie Leighton,  Joe "Mr. Piano" Henderson
    Conductor:  Geraldo,  Gordon Jenkins,  Dolf van der Linden,  Frank Cordell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geraldo New Concert Orchestra,  Gordon Jenkins Orchestra,  Dolf van der Linden Metropole Orchestra  ... 
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    Hall Of Fame Vol 1 - Rose, Ellis, Anderson, Farnon
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5120 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Rose,  Clive Richardson,  Eric Coates,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Clive Richardson,  Stanley Black
    Conductor:  Morton Gould,  Charles Williams,  Robert Farnon,  Eric Coates  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  The Queen's Hall Light Orchestra  ... 
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    Golden Age Of Light Music - Great British Light Orchestras
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5104 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joyce Cochrane,  Linda / Zaldiver,  Ray Martin,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Queen's Hall Light Orchestra,  Cyril Stapleton,  Frank Cordell and His Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Farnon,  Cyril Stapleton,  Geraldo,  Frank Cordell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queen's Hall Orchestra,  Cyril Stapleton Orchestra,  Geraldo and His New Concert Orchestra  ... 
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    The Voice Of America / Fleming, Hampson, Troyanos, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000047802 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joseph Brackett,  John Stafford Smith,  Traditional,  Charles Ives  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  Warren Jones,  Samuel Ramey,  Tatiana Troyanos  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Silverstein,  Eric Rogers,  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony Orchestra,  Eric Rogers Orchestra,  Eric Rogers Chorale  ... 
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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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    World Soccer Anthems / Ozawa, Black, Varviso, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 470383 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude-Joseph de Lisle,  John Stafford Smith,  Eack-Tay Ahn,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Placido Domingo,  José Carreras
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Silvio Varviso,  Stanley Black  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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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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    Aromatherapy 01: Nocturne/Various
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4667032 Release Date: 04/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Edvard Grieg,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Cooper,  Ilana Vered,  Radu Lupu
    Conductor:  Bernard Herrmann,  Stanley Black,  Raymond Agoult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra of London
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    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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    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:  Robert Farnon,  Stanley Black
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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