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Finding Aid for the Jeff Alexander Television, Radio, and Motion Picture Music Collection, 1943-1970
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jeff Alexander Television, Radio, and Motion Picture Music Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1943-1970
    Collection number: 42-M
    Creator: Alexander, Jeff
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. University of California, Library Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: The collection consists of holographs and/or ozalid copies of musical sketches for TV commercials, radio programs; television shows, and various television specials, and holographs or copies of motion picture scores. Also included are additional manuscript scores, framed tributes, awards, letters of recognition, photographs with personalities, drawings, and sound recordings.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jeff Alexander Television, Radio, and Motion Picture Music Collection, 42-M, University of California, Library Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Alexander was a founder of the Screen Composers of America; he wrote music for more than 40 feature films, starting with Shall We Dance (1937), and including The Mating Game, The Tender Trap, and Jailhouse Rock; collaborated on several MGM musicals, including Gigi, Singin' In The Rain, and Kismet; arranged music for various radio programs, including The Hit Parade, The Camel Hour, and The Lucky Strike hour; he was music director for Amos 'n' Andy and Hollywood star playhouse; composed music for television shows, including Columbo, Wagon Train, and The Twilight Zone; died at the age of 79 on Whidbey Island, Washington, on Dec. 23, 1989.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of holographs and/or ozalid copies of musical sketches for TV commercials, radio programs (most notably Amos and Andy); television shows (including My Three Sons, Family Affair, Greatest Show on Earth, Please Don't Eat the Daisies , Dr. Kildare, Sam Benedict, and The Rounders), and various television specials. Holographs or copies of the following motion picture scores (MGM productions unless cited otherwise): Double Trouble (1967); Dirty Dingus Magee (1970); Support Your Local Sheriff (United Artists, 1969); Partygirl (1958); The Sheepman (1958); Ask any Girl (1959); Day of the Evil Gun (1968); Slander (1956); It Started with a Kiss (1959); All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960); The Gazebo (1959); These Wilder Years (1959); Men of the Fighting Lady (1954); Rogue Cop (1954); Ransom (1956); Gun Glory (1957); The Mating Game (1959); High Cost of Loving (1958); Great American Pastime (1956); The Tender Trap (1955); Saddle the Wind (1958); Wings of Eagles (1957); Kismet (1944); Kid Galahad (United Artists, 1962); The George Raft Story (Allied Artists, 1961); Clambake (United Artists, 1967); also includes some choir arrangements. Also additional manuscript scores, framed tributes, awards, letters of recognition, photographs with personalities, drawings, and sound recordings.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    • Series 1. Scores
    • Series 2. Awards
    • Series 3. Correspondence
    • Series 4. Photographs
    • Series 5. Drawings
    • Series 6. Sound Recordings
    • Series 7. Newspaper Clippings
    • Series 8. Music Manuscripts
    • Series 9. Sheet Music
    • Series 10. Photographs
    • Series 11. Awards
    • Series 12. Correspondence

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Alexander, Jeff--Archives.
    Composers--United States--Archival resources.
    Music--Manuscripts.
    Motion picture music--Scores.
    Television music--Scores.
    Radio music--Scores.