Alan Copeland

Copeland started his career early on, as one of the choir boys in the famous Robert Mitchell Boys Choir, and performed in several movies such as Going My WayYankee Doodle Dandy, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Meet John Doe. In 1947, he organized the vocal group, The Twin Tones, a featured attraction with Jan Garber’s orchestra. From 1948 to 1952 he was a member of The Modernaires and was on Bob Crosby’s radio show five nights a week, along with the Andrews Sisters, Dick Haymes, and Jerry Gray’s Orchestra. From 1952 through 1956 he was a regular on The Bob Crosby Television Show five days a week. From 1957 to 1960 he joined Your Hit Parade TV Show in New York. Then from 1965-69 he signed on once again with the Modernaires for The Red Skelton Show on television, and won a Grammy Award in 1968 with his Alan Copeland Singers for Mission Impossible-Norwegian Wood. Known primarily for his vocal arranging, Copeland was the choral director for Bing Crosby’s Christmas television shows for over two decades. Since 1995, Copeland has rejoined the Modernaires and still performs with them on a part-time basis.

Alan Copeland’s Songwriting hi-lites:

Music and lyrics recorded or performed by:

Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Jo Stafford,(million selling gold record “make love to me”), Dinah Shore, Dick Haynes, Steve Lawrence, Horace Silver, Eddie Harris, Pearl Bailey, Sara Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Feather (critically acclaimed Discorvery Records jazz vocal duo with Mahmu Pearl)

Arranging and Conducting Hi-Lites:

Grammy Award winning ABC record single “Mission Imposible-Norweian Wood” performed by The Alan Copeland Singers.

Grammy nomination for ABC Records LP “Basie Siwingin’-Voices Swingin” showcasing Count Basie with The Alan Copeland Singers.

Arranging-Conducting TV Hi-Liter:

Choral Arranger/ Conductor for Jazz Legend Horace Silver. Blue Note Records LP “Silver”.

Choral Arranger-Orchestrator on the #1 rated Red Skelton Hour (5 years)

The Bing Crosby Christmas Specials. Composer-arranger of “special musical material”

“The Mancini Generation”. 26 hours for Chevrolet as arranger-orchestrator for all musical guests appearing with Henry Mancini

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