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Norman Luboff

Director

Norman Luboff

Norman Luboff was born in Chicago in 1917. Although he trained in piano as a child and participated in choirs in high school, it was not until his college years that he began to think of music as a life-long profession. After attending the University of Chicago and Central College in Chicago, he did graduate work with the noted composer Leo Sowerby while singing and writing for some of the best radio programs in Chicago. In the mid-1940s, he moved to New York City to continue his career. With a call from Hollywood to be choral director of The Railroad Hour, a radio weekly starring Gordan McRae, Mr. Luboff entered a period of enormous artistic growth and accomplishment, including the scoring of many television programs and more than eighty motion pictures. He also recorded with America's most noted artists, including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, and Doris Day. In 1950, he formed Walton Music Corporation to make his works available in printed form.

The Norman Luboff Choir became one of the leading choral groups in the world, recording a wide variety of music on more than seventy-five LPs and touring yearly from 1963 to 1987. As an educator, Mr. Luboff was in much demand, guest conducting all-state, clinic, and festival choirs of every description in the United States and abroad. In September of 1987,he died peacefully at his home in North Carolina.

Although a true professional in the choral world, Norman Luboff never lost his empathy for the musical layman. Two generations of choral directors have been profoundly influenced by his work. Millions of people continue to be magically touched by his wonderful legacy.

Discography

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Norman Luboff Choir : Songs Of Christmas / Calypso Holiday

Review: Certainly one of our most unusual Christmas CD's on offer, these 1956/57 recordings are a blast of refreshment. The first 12 tracks, from "Calypso Holiday," are accompanied, sung in tribal languages as well as English, French and Spanish, and are guaranteed to cheer up anybody's holiday blues! Songs such as "Yellow Bird," "Pig Knuckles and Rice" and "Bamboo-Tamboo" are a wonderful break from the traditional carols, but lest you miss them, "Songs Of Christmas," features a series of medleys, all a cappella and arranged by Norman Luboff. The Norman Luboff Choir were quite popular in the '50's and '60's, too commercial to be considered classical, but nonetheless their renditions of the holiday chestnuts are first-rate.

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6418 00 1 CD $14.98 Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


Norman Luboff Choir : Songs of the South / Songs of the Sea

Review: Two great LPs on one CD, Norman Luboff's "Songs of the South" and "Songs of the Sea," both issued in 1956, bring us the NLC in their popular prime. All songs feature the patented Luboff satin-smooth arrangements and rich harmonies, and this one has lots of great a cappella on it! "My Old Kentucky Home," "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen," "Deep River," Carry Me Back to Old Virginny," "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "Dixie" and "Eternal Father" are all sans accompaniment, and the lovely "Shenandoah" and "Lowlands" are only minimally accompanied. These tunes clearly show that the NLC was one of the best a cappella bands of any era. A total of 29 nostalgic winners--just listen to "I Must Walk That Lonesome Valley," "Un Deux Trois," "The Ballad of the Boll Weevil," "Homeward Bound," "A Roving"--these songs were passed on from generation to generation because people loved them and sang them a lot, not because they got a lot of radio play. A tremendous value and recommended!

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6914 00 1 CD $14.98 Sea Chanties


Norman Luboff Choir : Songs Of The World Vol 1& 2

Review: The Norman Luboff choir is one of the great choral folk/pop groups of all time, and "Songs" is one of those great 2-LPs on one CD compilations that give you so much great music for your money. First released in 1959, these 24 (all but one song accompanied) songs embrace the music of many countries, most of which are fresh to our ears today, but nonetheless smooth, rich and beautiful. The one a cappella tune, "Dear Fatherland, Farewell," is a nostalgic winner with bass harmonies to die for. Soloists William Reeve, Betty Mulliner and William Lee amaze us and break our hearts. Some of our favorites: "Lift a Glass to Friendship" from Poland, "Pepita" from Portugal, "Bamboo Flute" from China, "Cockles and Mussels" from Ireland, "The Lonely Birch Tree" from Russia, "Valencianita" from Venezuela - all are wonderful and touching. Highly recommended!

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6868 00 1 CD $14.98


Norman Luboff Choir : Ticket To The Movies

Review: Here are 19 songs, all from the movies, all arranged and conducted by Norman Luboff, A true musical eclectic, Luboff was driven to render every piece with a painstaking exactitude and an arrangement that immediately defined it as a Luboff performance. His choir toured annually from from 1963 until Luboff's death in 1987, and recorded more than 75 albums. This perfectionism is clear on every cut of every Luboff album, of which four, from 1961-65, are represented here. "All the Things You Are," "It Had to Be You," "As Time Goes By" (which Sam played again in "Casablanca," but actually was from the 1931 musical "Everybody's Welcome"), the title tunes from "My Foolish Heart," "Days of Wine and Roses," "High Noon," "On Green Dolphin Street," "An Affair to Remember," "Ruby" (from "Ruby Gentry") and "Laura," the lovely "Unchained Melody," "I'll Get By," "The Song from Moulin Rouge" ("Where is Your Heart"), and Irving Berlin's wonderful "Remember." Luboff is an American master, and his choir is one of the most powerful vocal groups of all time. Sure, all songs are gently accompanied, but the focus is on the smooth-as-maple syrup harmonies. These songs unabashedly tug at our heartstrings and push every romantic and sentimental button, and all we can say is, "highly recommended!"

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6869 00 1 CD $15.98


Norman Luboff : Much Ado About Nothings

Review: With the sub-title of "13 Paradoxical Pithy Paraphrases for Punaccompanied Pchoir" these very short pieces are a delight. Some of the texts are from epigrams, proverb, signboards etc. most of them however are completely manufactured nonsense. Lots of fun here.

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7381 01 Songbook $1.95


Norman Luboff : Season's Greetings

Review: The holiday albums of the Norman Luboff Choir were perennial bestsellers for years and these arrangements are classics that will brighten any Holiday concert.

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9121 01 Songbook $4.95 Choral Christmas Arrangements


Norman Luboff : Season's Greetings - TTBB

Review: The holiday albums of the Norman Luboff Choir were perennial bestsellers for years and these arrangements are classics that will brighten any Holiday concert.

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9122 01 Songbook $4.95 Christmas Arrangements Male Voices


Norman Luboff : A Cappella Arrangements 1

Review: The Norman Luboff Choir became one of the leading choral groups in the world, recording a wide variety of music on more than seventy-five LPs and touring yearly from 1963 to 1987. As an educator, Mr. Luboff was in much demand, guest conducting all-state, clinic, and festival choirs of every description in the United States and abroad. Here's a wonderful collection of fun a cappella arrangements from the maestro himself.

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9016 Sheet Music $9.98 American Choral Music Arrangements


Norman Luboff : A Cappella Christian Arrangements

Review: A collection of sacred music from one of America's greatest choral directors.

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9017 Sheet Music $8.98 Contemporary Christian Arrangements


Norman Luboff : Cowboy Songs

Review: Add some "giddy up" to your repertoire by adding a classic cowboy folk song to your concert material. Evoke the life on the range with these fabulous arrangements by one of the most successful ever choral director. Lots of fun to sing and bound to please the audience! Some with piano accompaniment.

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9228 Sheet Music $9.95 American Choral Music Arrangements

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