Lee Holdridge conducts the Music of John Denver | Planetworks BSXCD8849

Lee Holdridge conducts the Music of John Denver


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Label: Planetworks

Cat No: BSXCD8849

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 15th June 2015



John Denver and Lee Holdridge enjoyed a long collaboration together, beginning in 1974 with Denver's album 'Back Home Again'. Similar to his relationship with singer/songwriter Neil Diamond, Holdridge frequently wrote the musical arrangements for the songs on Denver's albums.

Originally recorded in 1975, this album was inspired by one of Lee Holdridge's violin concertos and contains arrangements of some of John Denver's best known songs, including Rocky Mountain High, Annie's Song, Sunshine On My Shoulders and others, including Calypso. Released on vinyl in 1975, fans of John Denver have often written to the composer with requests to release this special album on compact disc.

Lee Holdridge was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1944. Holdridge's successes in New York came to the attention of Neil Diamond who brought Holdridge to Los Angeles to write arrangements for his forthcoming albums.

A string of Gold and Platinum hits followed, which led to Diamond and Holdridge collaborating on the film score for Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Since that time, Holdridge has scored numerous films such as Splash, Big Business, Mr Mom, Micki & Maude, 16 Days of Glory, The Beastmaster, Sylvester, A Tigers' Tale, El Pueblo del Sol, Old Gringo and Pastime. His television work includes Moonlighting, Beauty and the Beast, the complete eight hour remake of East of Eden, The Tenth Man, Dreamer of Oz, Hallmark Hall of Fame's One Against the Wind and The Story Lady.

Lee also began a very successful collaboration with Moriah Films, the film division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, with the Academy Award winning documentary feature film The Long Way Home. He has also worked with many major recording artists, having written, arranged and conducted for Barbra Streisand, Brian May of Queen, Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka, Al Jarreau, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole, Jane Olivor and many others.

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