Composer Stan Applebaum Dies at 96

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Stan Applebaum, a prolific composer, arranger and conductor whose half-century-long profession in music included orchestration for hits by artists corresponding to Ben E. King, Bobby Vinton and Connie Francis, died in New York on Feb. 23 at age 96; Applebaum's son confirmed his father's dying.

Applebaum's work might be heard on greater than 25 high 10 hits and a handful of No. 1 singles from artists corresponding to Neil Sedaka, The Drifters, The Coasters, Francis, Vinton, Brook Benton and, most famously, Ben E. King's 1962 traditional "Stand By Me," for which he organized the strings. Applebaum additionally organized the orchestration on plenty of different traditional early rock hits, together with The Drifters' "Save the Last Dance for Me," King's "This Magic Moment" and "Spanish Harlem" and Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do."

According to a bio supplied by son Eddie Applebaum, Stanley Seymour Applebaum was born in Newark, N.J., in 1922, and received his begin taking part in piano as a toddler after a health care provider recommended it might assist heal a damaged finger, later learning composition with famed German composer Stefan Wolpe. After serving within the Army in Germany in WWII, he was transferred to the Special Services, the place he organized music for the U.S. Army band.

That led to gigs writing preparations for large bands led by Benny Goodman, Harry James, Glenn Miller and Raymond Scott and writing orchestration for the U.S. Navy and Air Force, in addition to Jimmy Durante and symphonic items for the New York Philharmonic and London Philharmonic. He additionally spent 15 years because the orhestrator and arranger for the New York Pops.

"My father was an unbelievable expertise, and only a exceptional man throughout," says Eddie Applebaum, a veteran music government. "He by no means sought the highlight however quite was content material realizing that his creativity and  ardour helped that highlight shine on others. We will miss him to no finish, however know that his vitality lives on perpetually in these magical songs."

Applebaum was additionally a prolific composer for commercials, with greater than 1,500 credit, together with PanAm Airlines' iconic "Makes the Going Great" (which later impressed a ballet by George Balanchine), successful 4 Clio Awards for his efforts. He launched the album Hollywood's Bad however Beautiful Girls in 1963, which featured his piano taking part in; he additionally wrote the orchestrations for 1986's Raggedy Ann Broadway musical. Prior to his dying, Applebaum donated his life's work to the New York Public Library for the Perofrming Arts.