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The University of North Texas Music Library and College of Music

Academic journal article Notes

The University of North Texas Music Library and College of Music

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The University of North Texas Music Library and College of Music recently acquired a significant collection of vocal jazz-related materials from the late Grammy-winning arranger and vocalist Gene Puerling. The collection, donated by Puerling's widow, Helen, includes arrangements by Puerling from his earliest days in the 1940s until his death in 2008, as well as instrumental accompaniments by Frank Comstock, Patrick Williams, Roger Kellaway, Rob McConnell, Les Hooper, and Clare Fischer, among others. In addition to scores, the collection contains memorabilia related to Puerling's life and work, including letters of admiration from renowned musicians, material for live television programs, and numerous recordings made throughout his life. Puerling, a singer and vocal arranger for The Hi-Lo's! and The Singers Unlimited, wrote intricate, harmonically complex arrangements, and his pieces for those ensembles influenced countless future vocal groups, including The Beach Boys, The Manhattan Transfer, The Real Group, and Take 6. Puerling's vocal writing for The Hi-Lo's! and The Singers Unlimited earned him fourteen Grammy award nominations, and he won the award for his highly acclaimed 1982 arrangement of "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square," recorded by The Manhattan Transfer. In addition to The Manhattan Transfer, Puerling received commissions from other professional vocal groups, including The Real Group and Chanticleer, as well as such solo artists as Linda Ronstadt and Gloria Estefan. …

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