MARC Record For Collection: Gene Puerling Collection, 1949-2006
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099 9 _a06/091
100 3 _aPuerling, Gene
245 00 _aGene Puerling Collection
351 _aThe collection is arranged in five series:
Series 1: Vocal arrangements Series 2: Scores and parts Series 3: Papers Series 4: Sound recordings Series 5: Memorabilia and awards Series 6: July 2016 accrual
506 _aAccess to this collection is provided only by special arrangement. Please contact the Music Library for more information.
520 2 _aThe collection consists of about 60 boxes of manuscripts of compositions and arrangements by Gene Puerling, an innovative vocal jazz arranger and leader of the Hi-Los and The Singers Unlimited vocal groups, along with sound recordings and memorabilia.
541 _aMrs. Helen Puerling
545 0 _aEugene Thomas Puerling was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 31, 1929. Puerling worked as a disc jockey in Milwaukee before moving to Los Angeles, where he worked for Les Baxter and Gordon Jenkins. He was a founding member of the innovative jazz vocal group the Hi-Lo's, which got their first break from Jerry Fielding, who signed the group with Trend Records; they later moved on to Starlite Records, and the group was also briefly associated with Mitch Miller of Columbia Records. Puerling and the Hi-Lo's acheived stardom with appearances on numerous television shows, including those of Steve Allen, Peggy Lee, Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra, Garry Moore, and Andy Williams, but their most durable association was with the Rosemary Clooney show, where they became the house vocal group in 1956. The Hi-Lo's disbanded in 1964 as national musical tastes changed, but Puerling formed a new group, the Singers Unlimited, with Len Dresslar, Bonnie Herman, and Hi-Lo's alumnus Don Shelton. Pianist Oscar Peterson recommended the group to the MPS record label, where they recorded multiple albums. Puerling was nominated for 14 Grammy awards, and won in 1982 for his arraangement of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" as sung by the Manhattan Transfer. Throughout his career, he collaborated with distinguished instrumental arrangers, including Patrick Williams, Frank Comstock, Marty Paich, and Rob McConnell, among others. He continued arranging for numerous groups, including Chanticleer, and a reunited Hi-Lo's in the late 1970s. Gene Puerling died in Marin County, California, on March 25, 2008.
610 0 _aHi-Lo's (Musical group)
610 0 _aSingers Unlimited
650 0 _aJazz
856 42 _3Control Card
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