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Sy Oliver’s melodic however sophisticated preparations helped define the Jimmy Lunceford audio within the 1930s and modernized Tommy Dorsey’s music group within the ’40s. An excellent trumpeter (superb having a mute) along with a likable vocalist, Oliver produced his documenting debut with Zack Whyte’s Chocolate Beau Brummels in the past due ’20s and in addition caused Alphonse Trent. Becoming a member of Lunceford in 1933, Oliver was in charge of such memorable graphs as “My Blue Heaven,” “Ain’t She Lovely,” “Body organ Grinder’s Golf swing,” and “‘Tain’t EVERYTHING YOU Perform,” among numerous others. It was a significant blow to Lunceford when Oliver jumped at the opportunity to make far more cash arranging and sometimes performing for Tommy Dorsey. The employing of Sy Oliver was a significant help for T.D. in obtaining Buddy Rich to become listed on his music group. Oliver’s set up of “Within the Sunny Part of the road” was his biggest strike for Dorsey. Following a short attempt at leading his personal orchestra in 1946, Oliver became a freelance arranger and maker for the rest of his very long career. As past due as 1975-1980, he was frequently leading a music group but Sy Oliver will be most widely known for his traditional Lunceford charts.

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Full Name Sy Oliver
Died May 28, 1988, New York City, New York, United States
Nationality American
Music Songs Yes Indeed!, For Dancers Only, Well Git It, Stu's Blues, Annie Laurie, Rhythm Is Our Business, Dream Of You, Swanee River, Organ Grinder's Swing, Ain't She Sweet, Without A Song, Four Or Five Times, Cheatin' On Me, Then I'll Be Happy, You Didn 't Want Me When You Had Me, Five Flats Furnished, I'm Walking Through Heaven With You, You Can't Tell The Depth Of A Well, Coquette, Lammar's Boogie, Walkin' The Dog, My Friend Told Me, Gran'ma Plays The Numbers, Blues Just Blues, Oh, Them Golden Slippers, Easy Walker, I'm The Guy That Loves Ya, I've Been Working On the Railroad, Old Time Religion, Last Night in Town, Mixed Doubles, Sad Story Blues
Albums Sentimental Sy, Oliver's Twist, Easy Walker, Vintage Dance Orchestras Nº42 - EPs Collectors "Mack The Knife", Jazz Legend, Sunset Stripper, The Good Book, No. 1 (Mono Version), Original Arrangements of Jimmy Lunceford in Hi-Fi (Bonus Track Version)

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1 In 1954 he was hired as Musical Director for the newly formed Bell Records.
2 He was the conductor who recorded the first American version of the international song "C'est si bon" by Henri Betti and André Hornez with the trumpeter Louis Armstrong 26 June 1950 in New York.
3 Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 2000.



Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
By the Sea 2015 writer: "Dream of You"
Get Him to the Greek 2010 writer: "T'Ain't What You Do It's The Way That You Do It"
Youth in Revolt 2009 writer: "T'Ain't What You Do It's the Way That You Do It"
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day 2008 writer: "T'Aint What You Do It's the Way That Cha Do It" - as Oliver
Banda sonora 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Everyone's Hero 2006 writer: "What You Do"
The Game of Their Lives 2005 writer: "Opus One"
The Notebook 2004 writer: "Opus One" 1943
Dean Martin: The One and Only 2004 Video documentary music: "Opus One" - uncredited
Showgirls: Glitz & Angst 2003 TV Movie documentary writer: "Opus One"
Cuéntame 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Focus 2001/I writer: "'Taint What You Do It's the Way That Cha DoIt" 1939
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells 2000 TV Movie writer: "Opus One"
Just Looking 1999 writer: "Opus One"
Swing 1999 writer: "T'Aint What You Do"
Lolita 1997 writer: "T'ain't What You Do It's The Way That Cha Do It"
Chloé 1996 TV Movie performer: "La Vie en Rose", "C'est si bon"
Baseball 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
With Honors 1994 writer: "Dream of You"
Swing Kids 1993 writer: "'TAIN'T WHAT YOU DO IT'S THE WAY THAT CHA DO IT"
American Masters TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1989 writer - 1 episode, 1989
Radio Days 1987 writer: "Opus One" 1943
The Flamingo Kid 1984 writer: "Yes, Indeed"
Top of the Pops 1982 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Emu's World 1982 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cher 1975 TV Series music - 1 episode
Shindig! 1964 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Jack Benny Program 1961 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Nat King Cole Show 1957 TV Series music - 1 episode
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1957 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Mills Brothers on Parade 1956 Short music: "Opus One"
Go Man Go 1954 lyrics: "Go, Man, Go!" / music: "Go, Man, Go!"
The Dorsey Brothers' Encore 1953 Short writer: "Yes Indeed"
The Frank Sinatra Show 1952 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Meet Danny Wilson 1951 writer: "Lonesome Man Blues" - uncredited
The Admiral Broadway Revue 1949 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Thrill of a Romance 1945 music: "Opus One" - uncredited
Gals, Incorporated 1943 music: "Can't Get Stuff In Your Cuff" - uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

Broadway Rhythm 1944 orchestrator
Girl Crazy 1943 orchestrator
Du Barry Was a Lady 1943 orchestrator
Ship Ahoy 1942 orchestrator / vocal arranger



Le grand échiquier 1973 TV Series Himself
Jimmie Lunceford and His Dance Orchestra 1936 Short Himself - Band Member (uncredited)

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