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Paul Weston (12 March 1912 - Santa Monicaseptember 20, 1996), born in SpringfieldMassachusetts as Paul Waiphyo, was an American pianistarrangercomposer and bandleader in the swing and mainstream jazz and, later, light music.


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While studying economics at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire led Weston his first band and in his short time at Columbia University he was active in the Dance Orchestra of the University. In January 1934 after he severely injured in a train accident, he went during his recovery focus on arranging. Later that year, he sold a package to Joe Haymesand his orchestra played in a hotel and that the bandleader was so satisfied that he asked Weston more for him to do. His work was heard by the singer and bandleader Rudy Vallee, who then offered a job as an arranger at his Weston radio show on NBC, "The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour". At that time he also wrote arrangements for Phil Harris.

In 1936, Weston Chief arranger for Tommy Dorsey's new band, formed from the remnants of Joe Haymes ' Orchestra. For Dorsey was Weston active until 1940. He also did freelance work for the Bob CrosbyOrchestra. When the band was hired to take care of the music from Crosby for brother Bing Crosby's movie "Holiday Inn" came Weston in Hollywood right. He changed his name from Waiphyo in Weston and worked for Bing Crosby, but also, for example, Bob Hope and Betty Hutton. Films in which he was involved, as musical director were "Belle of the Yukon" (1944) and "Road to Utopia" (1945).

Capitol Records and Columbia Records[Edit]Edit

Johnny Mercer In 1942, Weston learned know who that year including Buddy DeSilva founded a new record company, Capitol Records. Mercer asked Weston to for Capitol to work, but the label was soon struck by the Recording Ban that on 1 August that year began and lasted until 1944: musicians who were members of the Trade Union of musicians names no longer part in recordings. The new label had no shots in stock to bring out and looked for other opportunities. Therefore a new Mercer began In June 1943 radio program for Capitol-artists, of which he and Capitol-singer Jo Stafford were the hosts . Paul Weston and an orchestra provided the music. In October 1943 the Recording Ban lifted for Capitol, after which Weston got the musical direction here. Weston also made recordings for the label with an orchestra, like the album "Music for Dreaming", a plate from 1945 that meant the birth of the mood music-genre. In addition, he worked as an orchestra conductor on several radio programs, including "The Chesterfield Supper Club", that Stafford regularly presented. In 1950 Weston accepted an offer to work at Columbia Records and at the same time Jo Stafford also made the move to this society. Weston married Stafford, whom he had met in 1938, in February 1952. The couple had two children.

Jonathan and Darlene Edwards[Edit]Edit

With Columbia Records, he wrote arrangements and he accompanied his wife, Doris Day, but also at recordings. In addition, he recorded several albums with Jo Stafford ' mood he took on. a series of comic albums under the name Jonathan and Darlene Edwards. These plates were a parody of a bad nachtclubact: a terrible bad pianist plays from the size and the singer sings off-key. After the weekly magazine Time had revealed who the two really were, the duo appeared in some tvprograms. The last album in this series of albums appeared in 1982, Darlene Remembers Duke, Jonathan Plays Fats, a comedic interpretation of music by Duke Ellington and Fats Waller.

Weston was also active for other record labels. So he arranged and conducted the music for Ella Fitzgerald's "Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook" (1958).

TV and Grammy's[Edit]Edit

Weston was musical director In 1957 at NBC-tv, a position he had for five years. He worked as musical director for several television programs, also from other broadcasters, such as The Danny Kaye Show and The Jonathan Winters Show. Around 1957, he also became the first president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, an organization which had just been founded to create an award for plates artists: this was finally the Grammy. He won In 1960 with his wife own a Grammy in the category ' Best Comedy Album ', Jonathan and Darlene Edwards for a plate. In 1971, Weston honored again, now with aGrammy Trustees ' Award '.

Weston wrote several well-known songs. As he wrote along with Sammy Cahn and Axel Stordahl "I Should Care" and "Day by Day", which were two big hits for Frank Sinatra . Also he composed classical and religious music, such as the often souped-up Crescent City Suite.

Later years[Edit]Edit

In the 1970s went Paul Weston and Jo Stafford retired. They were going to work for people with disabilities and started a record label, Corinthian Records. This label was created for the release of religious music. In the 1990s brought Corinthian Records duo music on cd from.

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