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Tony Mottola

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A guitarist most widely known for his extensive single and session focus on maker Enoch Light’s Control and Task 3 brands, Tony Mottola was created Apr 18, 1918 in Kearny, NJ. He started playing acoustic guitar at age nine, and went to senior high school alongside ill-fated jazz saxophonist Herbie Haymer and long term bandleader George Paxton; after graduating, Mottola toured with George Hall’s orchestra, producing his documented debut around the group’s rendition of “Sparkle.” In 1941 he was employed from the CBS radio studio room orchestra, carrying out behind everyone from Raymond Scott to Frank Sinatra; there Mottola also supported Perry Como, with whom he continued to be as an accompanist for quite some time. Concurrently he also gained see for his single musical rating for the Yul Brynner tv series Risk. Mottola released his 1st Control LP Mr. Big in 1959; when Light created the audiophile label Task 3 in 1965, the guitarist proceeded to go with him, additionally providing as a co-employee maker. In those days, Mottola also used Doc Severinsen’s Orchestra on NBC’s The Tonight Display. Although Light passed away in 1978, Mottola continued to be with Task 3 until 1983, concurrently support Sinatra within the studio room and on tour. His operating romantic relationship with Sinatra continuing before guitarist’s pension in 1988. Tony Mottola passed away August 9, 2004.

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Died August 9, 2004, Denville, New Jersey, United States
Children Sabrina Sakaë Mottola Sodi, Matthew Alejandro Mottola Sodi
Music Songs Roman Guitar, Guitar Underground, Arriverderci, Roma, What Now, My Love?, Samba de Orfeu, If Ever I Would Leave You, Medley - Moon River / What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life, Anema E Core, The World of Your Embrace, Fun on the Frets, Danger Theme, Frenesí, Tony's Touch, Help Yourself, Goin' Out of My Head, Sabor A Mi, Non Dimenticar, Italian Serenade, I Love, I Live, I Love, If He Walked Into My Life, Blonde on the Loose, Wichita Lineman, Beguine Tampico, Warm Feelings, Tony's Tune, Lady of Spain, Lullaby de España, Heart & Soul, This Guy's in Love With You, Those Were the Days, Na Voce, With a Little Help
Albums String Band Strum-Along, The Tony Touch, Love Songs Mexico / S.A., Spanish Guitar, Roman Guitar, Toots Thielemans 'Toots'. Tony Mottola 'Heart and Soul', Ultimate Guitar Instrumental Collection, Little Girl Blue: The Heart of Tony Mottola, Guitarra Española, Dance Party, Stardust, Guitar Christmas Favorites, Guitar...Mottola, Folk Songs, Harmonica & Guitar, Guitar King, Danger (Original TV Sound Tracks), Romantic Guitar, Heart & Soul Guitar, Gaudy Colours, Talkative Friend, A Bouquet Of Hits, Be With Me, In That Golden Summer Time, The Very Best Of, Explore, The Sound Of Brass, Confectioner's, Golden Hits, So Nice, Love Caught, Express Yourself, Napolitan Tarantella, Days To Come, Roman Guitar Volume 2, Id Like To Hear That Song Again, Thing, Latin, Lush & Lovely, La Strada
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1 Staff musician at CBS from 1941.
2 Made numerous recordings with Enoch Light during the 1970's and 80's.
3 Began with George Hall's Orchestra in the 1930's.
4 Jazz guitarist who played and toured with Frank Sinatra.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Joke and the Valley 1961 TV Movie conductor
Tonight! 1956-1957 TV Series musician - 28 episodes
Giant 1956 musician: guitarist - uncredited
Violated 1953 musician: guitar - uncredited
Danger TV Series music performer - 4 episodes, 1951 - 1952 musician - 1 episode, 1951

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Our Hometown 2013 Documentary stock music
Running on Empty 1988
The Joke and the Valley 1961 TV Movie
Violated 1953
Danger 1950-1952 TV Series 14 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1958 TV Series Guitarist
The Best of Broadway 1954 TV Series Senor Aguilar
Danger 1951 TV Series

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sinatra: Concert for the Americas 1982 Video performer: "Send In The Clowns", "Quiet Night Of Quiet Stars Corcovado" - uncredited
The Man and His Music 1981 TV Movie performer: "The Girl from Ipanema", "I Get a Kick Out of You" - uncredited
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1960 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Man and His Music 1981 TV Movie Himself - Guitarist
The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show 1966 TV Series Himself - Guitarist
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1960-1961 TV Series Himself / Himself - Acoustic Guitar
Melody Street 1953 TV Series Himself
Make Mine Music 1949 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself

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