Tutti Camarata

Tutti Camarata

Salvador "Tutti" Camarata (May 11, 1913 - April 13 2005) was a composer, arranger and trumpeter. Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, he studied music at Juilliard School in New York - a student of Bernard Wagenaar, Joseph Littau, Cesare Sodero, and Jan Meyerwitz. His early career was as a trumpet player for bands such as Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and others, eventually becoming the lead trumpet and arranger for Jimmy Dorsey (arranging such hits as "Tangerine", "Green Eyes" and "Yours"). He also did arranging for Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and many others. He conducted and orchestrated a recording of Jascha Heifetz, the legendary violinist.

During World War II, he served as a flight instructor in the Army Air Forces.

In 1944, J. Arthur Rank summoned him to London, England, to write a musical score for the film "London Town". Camarata then joined British Decca and helped found London Records. [via Associated Press. [http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/19/arts/music/19camarata.html "Salvador Camarata, 91, Music Arranger, Is Dead"] , "The New York Times", April 19, 2005. Accessed November 30, 2007.] One of his assignments was to see that London Records maintained the best classical catalog in the industry. In addition to his "administrative" duties at London Records he also served as a classical artist orchestrating and conducting a number of classical albums including the works of Puccini, Verdi, Bach, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff.

Joining the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1948, his popular songs and instrumentals include "Mutiny in the Brass Section", "Story of the Stars", "Hollywood Pastime", "Dixieland Detour", "Moonlight Masquerade", "Louis", and "No More". He also composed the work "Verdiana Suite".

He also recorded other albums, including the popular "Tutti's Trumpets" (1957) and "Tutti's Trombones" titles which featured his compositions and arrangements and are highly regarded as classics of the genre.

In 1956 Walt Disney hired him to form Disney Records and to be Music Director and producer for the label. Camarata had suggested Disney build his own recording studio - however Disney declined and instead encouraged Camarata to build his own. In 1958 Camarata purchased the first building (an old auto repair shop on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California) that would become Sunset Sound Recorders - where during his 16 year association with Disney he produced over 300 albums for them. He scored several albums at Disney to help children gain a knowledge of and love for classical music.

By the early 1960s, Sunset Sound Recorders became an independent recording studio - and remains so to this day - one of the largest independents in the industry. Clients over the years have included: Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Miles Davis, Carly Simon, The Doors, Herb Alpert, Jackie DeShannon, Brazil '66, Ricky Nelson, Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Macy Gray, Bee Gees, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, Dave Grusin, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Lee Ritenour, Fourplay, Richard Thompson, Yes, Brian Wilson, Beach Boys, Annette Funicello, Louis Armstrong, The Bangles, Fishbone, Randy Newman, Sly and The Family Stone, Tom Petty, Sheena Easton, Patti Austin, Aaron Neville, Sam Cooke, The Turtles, Lovin' Spoonful, Buffalo Springfield, Janis Joplin, Genesis, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Led Zeppelin, Smashing Pumpkins, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Celine Dion, Earl Klugh, Alanis Morissette, Toto, Robert Palmer, Aretha Franklin, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Holliday, Olivia Newton-John, Melissa Manchester, Barbra Streisand, Roberta Flack, Rick James, Andy Williams, and many, many more.

Camarata was the musical conductor for several TV series, including "Startime", "The Vic Damone Show" and "The Alcoa Hour". He was also the vocal supervisor for the 1963 movie "Summer Magic", which included musical performances by Hayley Mills and Burl Ives. A great many Disney movie sound tracks were also made at Sunset.

In November 1981, Camarata would also purchase The Sound Factory, previously owned by David Hassinger. Like the Sunset Sound studios, the Sound Factory is one of the top recording studios in Hollywood, and has been used by many top music artists including Jackson Browne, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Ringo Starr, T Bone Burnett, Bette Midler, Richie Furay, Warren Zevon, Dolly Parton, Elvis Costello, Sam Phillips, Tonio K., Neil Diamond, Cher, Los Lobos, The Wallflowers, KISS, Kenny Rogers, Beck, Brian Wilson, Victoria Williams, Ben Folds Five, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Danny Elfman and many others..

Camarata's last album was "The Power and the Glory" on which he worked four years. Once completing the arrangements - Camarata returned to England (St. John's Smith Square) to conduct a large orchestra and choir for the recording of the album- which he had noted in one of his last interviews to be one of his most important works.

A most humble man - upon a casual meeting one would never suspect the huge impact Camarata had on literally millions of people through his contributions to the world of music.


External links

* [http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2005/04/18/obituaries_in_the_news?pg=full Obituary in Boston Globe]
* [http://legends.disney.go.com/legends/detail?key=Tutti+Camarata Disney Legends profile]

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