Leroy Holmes

Real Name:
Alvin Holmes
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LeRoy Holmes (born September 22, 1913, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – July 27, 1986, Los Angeles, California) was an American songwriter, composer, arranger and conductor.

Holmes studied music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and the Juilliard School in New York, before working with a number of bandleaders during the 1930s and early 40s. These included Ernst Toch, Vincent Lopez, and Harry James

After serving as a lieutenant in the US Navy during the Second World War, he moved to Hollywood, where he was hired by MGM Music Studios as a house arranger and conductor, before later moving to United Artists. During his time with MGM, he backed numerous vocalists, including Judy Garland, and in 1954 made what is possibly his best known recording, a version of the theme to the film The High and the Mighty. The song is known for its distinctive accompanying whistling, which was provided by Fred Lowery. Holmes provided the orchestration for Tommy Edwards epic 1958 hit "It's All In The Game", and tried rock and R&B with his backing to the Impalas "Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)". Holmes also wrote the theme song to the television series International Detective.

He moved to United Artists Records in the early 1960s, where he contributed to many compilations of movie themes, released albums under his own name and backed a succession of singers, notably Connie Francis, Gloria Lynne, and Shirley Bassey. In addition, he produced albums for a number of United Artists acts, including the Briarwood Singers.
Most notable of these were a solid collection of Morricone tunes from spaghetti Westerns, For a Few Dollars More, and several LPs featuring some wonderful soft pop arrangements of movie themes, including the space age pop favorite, "Mah-nah Mah-nah."
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Albums

Leroy Holmes - Neapolitan Nights album art The M.G.M. Strings* Conducted by Leroy Holmes With The Twin Mandolins The M.G.M. Strings* Conducted by Leroy Holmes With The Twin Mandolins - Neapolitan Nights MGM Records US 1953 Sell This Version
E-3452 Leroy Holmes - The Magic Of Christmas album art Mary Mayo Conductor Leroy Holmes Mary Mayo Conductor Leroy Holmes - The Magic Of Christmas(LP, Album) MGM Records E-3452 US 1956 Sell This Version
E3262 Leroy Holmes - Strictly from Dixie album art Bob Haggart And His All-Star Band*, Leroy Holmes And His All-Star Band*, Art Lund, Lou McGarity And His All Stars Bob Haggart And His All-Star Band*, Leroy Holmes And His All-Star Band*, Art Lund, Lou McGarity And His All Stars - Strictly from Dixie(LP, Album, Mono) MGM Records E3262 US 1956 Sell This Version
Leroy Holmes - Tom and Jerry Cartoon Favorites album art Bret Morrison, Elmer Gregory, Leroy Holmes Bret Morrison, Elmer Gregory, Leroy Holmes - Tom and Jerry Cartoon Favorites (Album) MGM Records US 1958 Sell This Version
UAL 3242 Leroy Holmes - Bossa Nova album art Leroy Holmes Bossa Nova(LP, Album, Mono) United Artists Records UAL 3242 US 1962 Sell This Version
Leroy Holmes - MGM's Tom & Jerry album art Leroy Holmes MGM's Tom & Jerry (Album) Leo The Lion Records US 1966 Sell This Version
Leroy Holmes - The Devil's Brigade (Original Motion Picture Score) album art Alex North / Leroy Holmes Alex North / Leroy Holmes - The Devil's Brigade (Original Motion Picture Score) (Album) United Artists Records US 1968 Sell This Version
Leroy Holmes - Song And Picture Book Of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang album art Lola FisherRichard M. Sherman / Leroy Holmes Lola FisherRichard M. Sherman / Leroy Holmes - Song And Picture Book Of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Album) United Artists Records US 1968 Sell This Version
Leroy Holmes - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang album art Lola Fisher - Richard M. Sherman / Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Leroy Holmes Lola Fisher - Richard M. Sherman / Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Leroy Holmes - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Album) Hallmark Records UK 1969 Sell This Version
Leroy Holmes - Once Upon A Time In The West album art Leroy Holmes Once Upon A Time In The West (Album) United Artists Records US 1969 Sell This Version
Leroy Holmes - Everybody's Talkin' album art Leroy Holmes Everybody's Talkin' (Album) United Artists Records Canada 1969 Sell This Version
Leroy Holmes - Cinema '69 album art Leroy Holmes Cinema '69 (Album) United Artists Records US 1968 Sell This Version
UA-LA-374-G Leroy Holmes - The Prisoner Of Zenda (The Original Motion Picture Score) album art Leroy Holmes The Prisoner Of Zenda (The Original Motion Picture Score)(LP, Album) United Artists Records UA-LA-374-G US 1975 Sell This Version
2356 145 Leroy Holmes - MGM's Tom & Jerry album art Leroy Holmes, Bret Morrison Leroy Holmes, Bret Morrison - MGM's Tom & Jerry(LP) Leo The Lion Records, Metro Records 2356 145 South Africa 1976 Sell This Version
Leroy Holmes - MGM Movie Hits album art David Rose, Leroy Holmes David Rose, Leroy Holmes - MGM Movie Hits (Album) MGM Records US Unknown Sell This Version
L-70087 Leroy Holmes - Tom And Jerry Storytime album art Bret Morrison, Leroy Holmes Bret Morrison, Leroy Holmes - Tom And Jerry Storytime(LP) Lion Records (4) L-70087 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

K10977 Leroy Holmes - Old Soldiers Never Die / I've Got Sixpence album art Leroy Holmes And His Orchestra With Male Quartet* Old Soldiers Never Die / I've Got Sixpence(7") MGM Records K10977 US 1951 Sell This Version
11022 Leroy Holmes I Shall Return/God Bless America(10") MGM Records 11022 US 1951 Sell This Version
Leroy Holmes - Would You / If I Forget You album art Leroy Holmes And His Orchestra With Chorus* Would You / If I Forget You MGM Records US 1952 Sell This Version
K12085 Leroy Holmes - My Arms, My Heart, My Love / All At Once (Deja) album art Leroy Holmes And His Orchestra And Chorus* My Arms, My Heart, My Love / All At Once (Deja)(7") MGM Records K12085 US 1955 Sell This Version
K11992 Leroy Holmes - Just For The Bride And Groom album art Leroy Holmes Just For The Bride And Groom(7", Single) MGM Records K11992 US 1955 Sell This Version
MGM ESPQ 569 Leroy Holmes - For Dancers Only album art Charlie Shavers Con Leroy Holmes Charlie Shavers Con Leroy Holmes - For Dancers Only(7", EP) MGM Records MGM ESPQ 569 Italy 1957 Sell This Version
K12433 Leroy Holmes - Gina / The Clown On The Eiffel Tower album art Leroy Holmes And His Orchestra And Chorus* Gina / The Clown On The Eiffel Tower(7") MGM Records K12433 US 1957 Sell This Version
K 12693 Leroy Holmes - Navajo / Lotsa Luck Charlie album art Leroy Holmes And His Orchestra* / Arnold Stang And Leroy Holmes Leroy Holmes And His Orchestra* / Arnold Stang And Leroy Holmes - Navajo / Lotsa Luck Charlie(7", Single) MGM Records K 12693 US 1958 Sell This Version
45-MGM-1044 Leroy Holmes - Sweet Leilani album art Leroy Holmes Sweet Leilani(7", Single) MGM Records 45-MGM-1044 UK 1959 Sell This Version

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