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Dead Person of the Day – February 5 – Al De Lory

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Today’s DPD was a phenomenal musician, composer, arranger and could be directly responsible for the recent cross pollination of country and pop music we’re all suffering through.

Al De Lory.

De Lory grew up in Los Angeles the son of a session musician and mastered the piano at a young age. He began arranging music in the army and after his discharge he worked the club scene in southern California. He worked his way up to become a session musician in the 1960s and was fortunate enough to play in many of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound production including The Beach Boys ‘Pet Sounds’ and other works by Tina Turner and the Righteous Brothers.

Asked by Capitol Records chief Ken Nelson to produce Glen Campbell, DeLory set about finding and writing arrangements for songs that were staples of Campbell’s live performances.

DeLory’s late-life years were spent in Nashville, where he moved following his wife’s death. In Nashville, he began performing and recording Latin jazz music. His Floreando and Hot Gandinga albums drew raves for their intricate and danceable soundscapes and were overall just plain fun to eat tacos and listen to. The above recording was a product of his later years. And it rocks.

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Producer/arranger Al DeLory dies at 82

Al DeLory, who produced and arranged Glen Campbell smashes “Gentle On My Mind,” “Galveston,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Wichita Lineman,” died on Feb. 5 at age 82. Continue

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