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Leo Addeo

  • Born 14 October 1914, New York City, New York
  • Died May 1979, Long Island, New York

Addeo was one of RCA's key house arrangers for most of the 1950s and 1960s. An Italian American from Brooklyn, Addeo's specialty was Hawaiian music. He studied violin as a child, but switched to clarinet and saxophone in his teens when he noticed these instruments were in greater demand for local dance bands. He gradually moved from performing to arranging, working with Gene Krupa, Larry Clinton, and Frankie Carle.

Hugo Winterhalter hired Addeo as an orchestrator and brought him along when he moved to RCA in the early 1950s. Addeo was a steady producer for RCA, backing vocalists such as Vaughan Monroe and Don Cherry, arranging and conducting on numerous credited and uncredited instrumentals, and writing an occasional song. Addeo held down the marimba band corner for RCA's "Living" series, producing a respectable knock-off of Julius Wechter's Baja Marimba Band.


  • Hawaii in Stereo, RCA Camden CAS-510
  • More Hawaii in Hi-Fi, RCA Camden CAS-594
    Featuring a great Hawaiian version of "The Third Man Theme"
  • Great Standards with a Hawaiian Touch, RCA Camden CAS-672
  • On the Sunny Side of the Street, RCA Camden CAS-758
  • Songs of Hawaii, RCA Camden CAS-759
  • Hawaiian Paradise, RCA Camden CAS-853
  • Far Away Places, RCA Camden CAS-901
  • Musical Orchids from Hawaii, RCA Camden CAS-977
  • Hello, Dolly!, RCA Camden CAS-980
  • Magic of Hawaii, RCA Camden CAS-2211
  • A Sound Spectacular In Total Dynamics, RCA Camden CAS-2276
  • Hawaii's Greatest Hits, RCA Camden CAS-2506
  • Blue Hawaii, RCA Camden CXS 9035
  • Great Hawaiian Hits, RCA Camden CDS 1102
  • The Music Goes Round and Round, RCA Stereo Action LSA-2353
  • Paradise Regained, RCA Stereo Action LSA-2414
Living Marimbas albums
  • Love is Blue, RCA Camden CAS-2087
  • Latin Soul, RCA Camden CAS-2105
  • Mexican Joe And Other Favorites, RCA Camden CAS-2117
  • "Georgy Girl" and Other Music to Watch Girls By, RCA Camden CAS-2149
  • Tonight Carmen, RCA Camden CAS-2184
  • Zorba The Greek And Other Broadway and Motion Picture Favorites, RCA Camden CAS-2308
  • Spanish Harlem, RCA Camden CAS-2422

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