October 6, 1985 Nelson Riddle died.
Orchestrator, arranger, composer, bandleader Nelson Riddle conducted the Inaugural Presidential Gala that Frank Sinatra hosted in 1985. Guess what one of the tunes Sinatra sang was?
Fly Me to the Moon!
Well, it’s Saturday night and for lots of normal people that means date night or going out to a show with wife all dressed up night…
Well I’M sort of dressed up in my tux but I’m at a gig and Claudia’s home. She knew when she married me more than 28 years ago that I would be out working on Saturday nights. She says, “Have fun and drive safely,” and she packs up sandwiches and snacks for the drive. So all’s good!
Except for the fact that I forgot my belt and my tux pants keep falling down. Oh, hey…look at that shrimp! THAT’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout!
I learned jazz arranging from Manny Albam and we would always refer back to Nelson Riddle’s arrangements. I love his treatments of all the jazz standards.
Here’s my version of Fly Me to the Moon!