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Russ Freeman Television Music Manuscripts (MS-00976)

Abstract

The Russ Freeman Television Music Manuscripts contains music manuscripts and production materials from Russ Freeman's work on various television specials, dating from 1969 to 1977. The collection includes music scores for television soundtracks including Feliciano! Very Special which aired on the television network NBC and Shirley MacLaine Show which aired on CBS. Russ Freeman is featured in this collection as composer and arranger for many of the soundtracks and was featured as a pianist on soundtracks for The Clifton Davis Special, Flip Wilson Specials, and The Don Rickles Show. Freeman's compositions and arrangements for the television shows were recorded in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Finding Aid - PDF
Date
1969 to 1977
Extent
0.88 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)
0.75 Linear Feet
Resource Type
Collection
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Collection is open for research.

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Scope and Contents

The Russ Freeman Television Music Manuscripts contains music manuscripts and production materials from Russ Freeman's work on various television specials, dating from 1969 to 1977. The collection includes music scores for television soundtracks including Feliciano! Very Special which aired on the television network NBC and Shirley MacLaine Show which aired on CBS. Russ Freeman is featured in this collection as composer and arranger for many of the soundtracks and was featured as a pianist on soundtracks for The Clifton Davis Special, Flip Wilson Specials, and The Don Rickles Show. Freeman's compositions and arrangements for the television shows were recorded in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dates for each television show represent the dates that they were aired on.

Biographical / Historical Note

Russ (Russell Donald) Freeman was a bebop and cool jazz pianist and composer, well-known among jazz musicians, and a frequent collaborator with some of the most famous musicians in the genre like Chet Baker, Andre Previn, and Shelly Manne. Freeman worked as a music director, arranger, and composer for television shows in the latter part of his career. His compositions and arrangements for television shows were recorded in Las Vegas, Nevada and Freeman was often the pianist for some of the shows. Freeman retired from playing piano in 1982 and in 1987 retired from the music scene all together. Freeman died in Las Vegas on July 27, 2002.

Source:

Cerra, Steven. “Russ Freeman - Part 1.” Accessed November 01, 2019. http://jazzprofiles.blogspot.com/2016/11/russ-freeman-part-1.html.

Arrangement

Materials remain in original order.

Preferred Citation

Russ Freeman Television Music Manuscripts, 1969-1977. MS-00976. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NVLN::MS00976
Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were collected by the director of the Arnold Shaw Popular Music Research Center; subsequently the materials were transferred to the University Libraries Special Collections and Archives in 2019; accession number 2019-106.

Processing Information

In 2019, Miguel Dominguez rehoused the materials and created the finding aid in ArchivesSpace.

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