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Jerry Fielding


  • Born Joshua Feldman 17 June 1922, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Died 17 February 1980, Los Angeles, California

Something of a child prodigy arranger, Jerry Fielding was laying out charts for the pit band of Pittsburgh's Stanley Theatre before he was out of high school. By 18, Alvino Rey had scooped him up and taken him to New York City to write for his new band. Fielding moved out to Los Angeles with Rey, but soon broke off to work as a freelance. Through the mid-1940s, his arrangements could be heard being played by Tommy Dorsey, Kay Kyser, Charlie Barnet, and other popular swing bands. He also branched out into radio, writing for shows starring Bob Crosby, Hoagy Carmichael, Kate Smith, and the Andrews Sisters, and eventually wound up as the musical director of Jack Paar's radio show.

Fielding started recording under his own name in the early 1950s, coinciding with a short spell hosting his own musical show on television. Although television quickly passed him by as a performer, he would be a frequent contributor to television series as a composer and arranger for the rest of his life. Among his greater and lesser TV credits are "The Farmer's Daughter," "The Life of Riley," "Hogan's Heroes," "Bewitched," and the first season of "The Bionic Woman" (Joe Harnell replaced him after Fielding fell ill). In the early 1960s, he began trying his hand at films as well. Fielding's brassy sound must have had a special appeal for macho directors, as he ended up scoring a number of films by Sam Peckinpah and Clint Eastwood, including The Wild Bunch, The Gauntlet, The Enforcer and The Outlaw Josey Wales. He also kept up a steady business on the side writing arrangements for the night club acts of a host of singers ranging from Polly Bergen and Eddie Fisher to the Barry Sisters and Vic Damone.

Fielding recorded under his own name intermittently throughout the 1950s and 1960s, bouncing around labels after a stint with Decca. Of these albums, the one to look for is his sole record for Command, "Near East Brass," which combines relatively authentic interpretations of near Eastern standards such as "Misirlou" with his own original compositions.


Recordings

  • Sweet with a Beat, Decca DLP-8100
  • Swingin' in Hi Fi, Decca DLP-8371
  • Fielding's Formula, Decca DLP-8450
  • Hollywood Jazztet, Decca DLP-8669
  • After 8:00, Trip TL-1013
  • Dance Concert, Kapp KL-1026
  • The Hi-Los and the Jerry Fielding Orchestra, Kapp KL-1027
  • Magnificence in Brass, Time S 2042
  • Bit of Ireland, Time S 2059
  • We Like Brass, Time S 2119
  • Advise and Consent, RCA Victor LSO-1068
  • Hollywood Brass, ABC ABC-542
  • Near East Brass, Command RS-922-SD
  • Hogan's Heroes and Jerry Fielding, Sunset 5137
  • The Wild Bunch, Warner Brothers WS-1814


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