In inimitable, delightfully humorous style, Russell Garcia,world-renowned composer-arranger-conductor, relates the stories of the glitz andglamour of Hollywood during his seventy years writing music for films andtelevision.
Besides writing music for over a hundred films, such as The TimeMachine, Atlantis The Lost Continent, and Come September, his music canstill be heard today on many television shows, such as The Twilight Zone,Laredo, Fame Is The Name Of The Game, and Rawhide.
He has also recorded with great singers, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O'Day,Frances Faye, Julie London, Sarah Vaughan, Margaret Whiting, Louis Armstrong,Sammy Davis, and Mel Torme, as well recorded with instrumentalist stars, suchas Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Buddy DeFranco, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz,andRoy Eldridge, to name a few. Known for hisversatility in both jazz and classical music, Garcia has conducted many of hisown compositions with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, America, NewZealand and China. He has written the two-volume The ProfessionalArranger-Composer, which are used in universities around the world and havebeen translated into six languages.
An adventurer, he and his wife cruised the South Pacific in their yacht, Dawn-Breaker,for almost six years. He and his wife taught virtues with music duringa thirty-nine-year labor of love at three public schools in New Zealand,for which they received the 2009 Queen's Service Medal for Service to Music.
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“If you have read any of this book, you can see that Russell Garcia has had a wonderful career. He attributes the wonderful life and sensational good luck he and his wife Gina have had because of their goal: Dedicating their life to trying to do their share in building a beautiful, happy, peaceful, world for the people of every race, religion, and country. Everyone should read this book. It has, as well as fabulous stories about so many famous stars, the answers to a lot of the problems we have in today’s insane, mixed up world.” - Larson Craig, writer
“What a great book. Russ’s stories of his 70 years in the Music Business are personal, unique, very interesting, full of laughs and certainly worth reading.” - Quincy Jones, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Conductor
"What a life! Russ gives us a condensed account of his life, his work, and his beliefs. He manages to find humor in some unlikely situations, and his music and lovable personality endeared him to many." - Bill Holman, Leader of the Bill Holman Band