Al Hirt

Biography

Born: November 7, 1922; New Orleans, LA   Died: April 27, 1999; New Orleans, LA  
A virtuoso on the trumpet, Al Hirt was often "overqualified" for the Dixieland and pop music that he performed. He studied classical trumpet at the Cincinnati Conservatory (1940-1943) and was influenced by the playing of Harry James. He freelanced in swing bands (including both Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and Ray McKinley) before returning to New Orleans in the late '40s and becoming involved in the Dixieland movement. He teamed up with clarinetist Read more Pete Fountain on an occasional basis from 1955 on, and became famous by the end of the decade. An outstanding technician with a wide range, along with a propensity for playing far too many notes, Hirt had some instrumental pop hits in the 1960s. He also recorded swing and country music, but mostly stuck to Dixieland in his live performances. He remained a household name throughout his career, although one often feels that he could have done so much more with his talent. Hirt's early Audiofidelity recordings (1958-1960) and collaborations with Fountain are the most rewarding of his long career; he died at his home in New Orleans on April 27, 1999. Read less
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  • 1.
    The Joy Of Christmas - Original Album Classics
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 756173 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Frank Monachino,  Davis Aiken,  Chet Allen,  Rosemary Kuhlmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Thomas Schippers,  Arthur Fiedler,  Jerold Ottley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple University Concert Choir,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  NBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Stardust - Enchanted Mood Music / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 35045 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johnny Mandel,  Marvin Hamlisch,  Billy Strayhorn,  Edward "Duke" Ellington  ... 
    Performer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Al Hirt,  Peter Nero
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    Christmas At The Pops - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68266 Release Date: 08/15/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  John Frederic Coots,  Richard Hayman,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  John Birch,  Alfred Krips,  John Grady  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Arthur Fiedler Orchestra,  Arthur Fiedler Chorus  ... 
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    Pops Christmas Party / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 61685 Release Date: 08/16/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  John Frederic Coots,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johnny Marks  ... 
    Performer:  Al Hirt,  Alfred Krips
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 5.
    Classics For Kids
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61489 Release Date: 06/08/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Raymond Scott,  Maurice Ravel,  Johannes Brahms,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Al Hirt,  Leo Litwin,  Martin Hoherman,  Samuel Lipman  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Eduardo Mata,  Morton Gould,  Georges Prêtre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Morton Gould Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    Leroy Anderson's Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61237 Release Date: 09/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson
    Performer:  Alfred Krips,  Robert Mogilnicki,  André Come,  Al Hirt
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 7.
    Sleighride! - Classic Christmas Favorites
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61373 Release Date: 08/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  John Grady,  Johannes Sonnleitner,  John De Lancie,  Al Hirt  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Eugene Ormandy,  Richard Kapp,  Helmuth Froschauer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  Philadelphia Orchestra Chorus,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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    A Christmas Festival With Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 6428 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Raymond Scott,  Engelbert Humperdinck,  John Frederic Coots,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Al Hirt,  Leo Litwin,  Alfred Krips
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Arthur Fiedler Orchestra,  Arthur Fiedler Chorus
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