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Born in New Haven, Conn. on January 4, 1916, Lionel Newman was one of ten children - the youngest of seven boys - a child of Russian immigrant Jewish parents. While there may have been little money, their inheritance was truly rich - especially as embodied in that powerful personage, their mother, Luba, a strong woman who shepherded them through childhood; motivating them towards real achievement, and imprinting on all of them the forceful stamp of personality that could be felt by anyone who came into contact with any one of her "Newman Babies". This article is about the city in Connecticut. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... January 4 is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1916 (MCMXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ...


They all hit the world in full stride. Lionel Newman migrated to Hollywood where at the tender age of 16, he began conducting for impresario, Earl Carroll. It is also where he met his future wife, Beverly Carroll - a beautiful Earl Carroll Vanity’s showgirl, and niece of the impresario. While he had formal training in New York, after moving to Los Angeles, he continued his studies with Joseph Achron and Mario Castelnuevo-Tedesco. Joseph Achron (May 13, 1886 – April 29, 1943) was a Lithuanian born composer and violinist. ...


In the 1930's, Newman earned his stripes conducting national tours and working as the piano accompanist for Mae West. She used to scold him for holding his hands too high in the pit saying, "I'm the show, Newman, not you". MAE-West is a major Internet peering point located in San Jose, California. ...


At the young age of 18, he obtained a job playing piano on the Holland America ocean liner, the " S.S.Rotterdam". with his "Newman's Society Orchestra". This trip had great significance for him, for he always wanted to make another such trip to find his mother's home.


After serving an apprenticeship conducting and orchestrating "live shows", Newman joined 20th Century Fox as a rehearsal pianist under the guidance of his brother, Alfred Newman. Lionel and his brothers hit Hollywood at just the right time. It was a golden era, and they were its golden children. Their great energies and talents translated into power - not so much because they sought it - but because it was within them. 20th Century Fox logo Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... Alfred Newman (March 17, 1900 – February 17, 1970) was a major American composer of music for films. ...


By 1959, Newman was promoted to Musical Director for Television at Twentieth Century Fox. This, as they say, "opened the doors to feature films". He was soon given the title of Vice President in charge of music for both television and features. This resulted in a promotion to Senior Vice President of all music for Twentieth Century Fox Films. He wrote several classic TV themes for Fox including The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis, Adventures in Paradise and Daniel Boone. The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis was a situation comedy which ran on CBS from 1959 to 1963. ... Daniel Boone was a TV Western that aired from 1964-1970 made for NBC by 20th Century Fox. ...


Lionel Newman's tenure with Twentieth Century Fox spanned 46 years, with over 200 films to his credit, including How To Marry A Millionaire, North To Alaska, Road House, and Love Me Tender (Elvis Presley's first picture). He was Musical Director for all of Marilyn Monroe's films at Fox - in accordance with her request. These included Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, There's No Business Like Show Business, River of No Return, and Let's Make Love - to name a few. How to Marry a Millionaire is a 1953 film, directed by Jean Negulesco and starring Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable. ... North to Alaska is a 1960 comedic western directed by Henry Hathaway and starring John Wayne and Stewart Granger. ... Road House is a 1948 film noir directed by Jean Negulesco for Twentieth Century-Fox. ... Love Me Tender was the first film made by singer Elvis Presley and was released in 1956. ... Elvis redirects here. ... Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) is the twentieth-centurys most famous movie star, sex symbol and pop icon. ... Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a novel written by Anita Loos that was published in 1925, a Broadway play produced in 1926, a Broadway musical produced in 1949, which Loos also wrote the book for, and two motion pictures. ... Perhaps one of the most famous, and recognizable, show-tunes ever is Theres No Business Like Show Business. This Irving Berlin marvel was written for Annie Get Your Gun and has two reprises within the show. ... The movie River of No Return is a classic gem starring two of the silver screens greats stars Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe. ...


He has received eleven Academy Award nominations, and won an Oscar for Hello Dolly! in 1969. He has conducted the scores for Cleopatra, The Sand Pebbles, The Agony and the Ecstasy, The Long Hot Summer, The Young Lions, Alien and The Omen. He was the Musical Supervisor for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, Monsignor and The Fury. Although he did not consider himself a songwriter, he did receive a Certificate of Merit from Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), for over one million network performances of his 1948 hit, "Again", a pop standard that lived on long after its introduction in the film, Road House. Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Hello, Dolly! is one of the most popular Broadway musicals ever written. ... Cleopatra is the name of several movies about the last Egyptian queen of the same name. ... The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 film which tells the story of an American gunboat plying the rivers of China in the 1920s. ... The Agony and the Ecstasy is a 1965 film directed by Carol Reed, starring Charlton Heston as Michelangelo and Rex Harrison as Pope Julius II. The film was shot in Todd-AO and Cinemascope versions. ... The Long Hot Summer, directed by Martin Ritt, is a film made in 1958(It was also remake in the 1980s with Don Johnson as Ben Quick). ... The Young Lions was novel by Irwin Shaw and a 1958 film based upon the book starring Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, and Dean Martin. ... The science fiction/horror film Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott, has become quite influential and spawned several sequels and imitators. ... The Omen is a 1976 horror film directed by Richard Donner and starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Harvey Stephens, Billie Whitelaw, Patrick Troughton, Martin Benson, and Leo McKern. ... The cover of the 2004 DVD widescreen release of the modified original Star Wars Trilogy. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is the sequel to the first released Star Wars movie, and the second film released in the original trilogy. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ... Monsignor is a 1982 film about a priest who seduces a nun. ... The Fury is a 1978 sci-fi, horror thriller directed by Brian de Palma. ... Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) is a collecting society that protects composers intellectual property in the communications business, especially radio. ... Again is a popular song, recorded by many singers. ...


During the last few years of his tenure at Fox, Newman conducted major symphony orchestras in the United States, Canada, London and New Zealand - conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra, and at the Royal Albert Concert Hall - among other places. The Boston Pops Orchestra was founded in 1885 as a subsection of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. ... Royal Albert Hall The Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences is an arts venue dedicated to Queen Victorias husband and consort, Prince Albert. ...


Newman's wit and humor was infamous around the film capital. He was colorful with his words, and could set your imagination running wild. Frank Sinatra, in his biography, says that Lionel was one of the funniest men in Hollywood. Lionel Newman could be raunchy, but he also possessed a mental ability that shone like a light. He absolutely loved the film industry. In the world of film music, he worked very hard, and rose to join the Pantheon to become one of its giants. Lionel Newman was a perfectionist. He was tirelessly concerned with quality. He would always make "just one more take", if some little detail could be improved. He was a proud man. So proud was he of the Twentieth Century Fox Orchestra, he wanted to play at the level of a great symphony orchestra, and it did - especially when he conducted. He was a leader. Instrumental in the careers of John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Dominic Frontiere, Pat Williams, and so many more. Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer who is one of the highest acclaimed male popular song vocalists of all time. ... John Williams John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is one of the most widely recognized composers of film scores. ... Jerry Goldsmith Jerrald King Goldsmith (February 10, 1929 – July 21, 2004) was a famous Jewish-American film score composer from Los Angeles, California. ... Pat Williams (born October 24, 1972 in Monroe, Louisiana) is an American football player who currently plays defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills of the NFL. He attended college at Texas A&M. External link Pat Williams at ESPN.com Categories: Sports stubs | 1972 births | American football defensive linemen | National...


Lionel Newman was a one-of-a-kind absolute original. A complex personality with contradictions. He could be completely self-confident AND self-deprecating, grandiose AND simple, brash AND painfully shy, eloquent AND raw. A most fierce adversary, and a most compulsively loving and loyal friend. He brought fun to everyone. He believed in progress, and the belief we are all infinitely improvable.


Lionel used to say over and over again to his best friend, composer John Williams: "The world is still beautiful, even with all the traffic, the injustice, the noise, the wars. The world is still beautiful. It's all we have and we should celebrate it." Just wait. Keep working. Stay in LOVE with music. Everything will come".


There's a very fine biography of Walter Lippman, entitled, "Walter Lippman and The American Century", which examines among other themes, the consequences of people's lives and talents, as they're synchronized with the events and times in which they lived. Walter Lippmann (September 23, 1889 - December 14, 1974), was an influential United States writer, journalist, and political commentator. ...


It looks at history, taking note, that there are three kinds of men. The first kind, who live well ahead of their time. The second type, who arrive on the scene well past the time when their ideas are pertinent. And thirdly, those whose lives and talents fit perfectly the time in which they live. Lippman thought that if you had a strong enough concentration of this third type, at the right moment in time, the society in which it lived would flourish.


Lionel Newman belonged to this third group. A child of the Golden Age of Hollywood was a living part of it, and actually help create it.


Newman retired in 1985 and passed away on February 3, 1989. This article is about the year. ... February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


"Nothing gives me more pleasure than being able to share this music with you." Lionel Newman


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