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Lionel Newman (1916-1989) - from Mae West to Elvis

Hello Dolly! - film soundtrack album cover Lionel Newman started out as a conductor and orchestrator working on various live shows before joining his brother Alfred Newman at 20th Century Fox, initially as a rehearsal pianist. Among other singers he had played piano for Mae West before this move into film work. Once established in the movie business, his career then closely resembles that of his elder brothers Alfred Newman and Emil Newman, with work on a wide variety of films. In Lionel's case his career had a certain successful specialisation in the world of film musicals, often acting as musical director but sometimes also adapting the music, though credits include many films as conductor or music supervisor. The three brothers dominated the music department at 20th Century Fox and many of their offspring were also to build careers in film music.

Lionel Newman scored Elvis Presley's first film "Love me Tender", and at her request he was musical director for virtually all of Marilyn Monroe's films at the studio. In total he is credited with over 200 films and he also received 11 oscar nominations, winning the award along with Lennie Hayton for best musical score for "Hello Dolly!". Two of those nominations include Best Musical Score for "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "Doctor Dolittle"

A small selection of films by Lionel Newman:

    Doctor Dolittle - film soundtrack album cover
  • The Cowboy and the Lady - composer and title song
  • Give my regards to Broadway - musical director
  • Gentlemen prefer Blondes - musical director
  • There's No Business Like Show Business - musical director
  • Love Me Tender - first Elvis film
  • Cleopatra
  • The Sand Pebbles - music conductor for this Alex North score, now recorded by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Cheaper by the Dozen - musical director
  • Doctor Dolittle
  • Hello Dolly! - music director and adaptation
  • Alien - musical director

A small selection of TV credits for Lionel Newman:

    Love Me Tender - film soundtrack album cover
  • The Green Hornet - conductor for the series
  • The Time Tunnel - music supervisor for the series
  • Lost in Space - music supervisor for the series, and composer or conductor for some episodes
  • Batman - music supervisor for the 1960s series
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea - music supervisor for the series
  • Peyton Place - music supervisor for the series
  • Land of the Giants - music supervisor for the series
  • Daniel Boone - theme music and music supervisor for the long-running series
  • The New Perry Mason - music supervisor for the TV series
  • Planet of the Apes - music supervisor for the TV series
  • State Fair - composer for the TV movie
  • Swiss Family Robinson - music supervisor for the series
  • Murder in Peyton Place - music supervisor for this TV movie
  • M*A*S*H - music supervisor for the series