Collection 2012/20 - Howard Cable collection

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Howard Cable collection

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CA ON00093 2012/20

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  • 1943 (Creation)
    Cable, Howard, 1920-

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1 file of textual records

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Howard Cable, CM, has been a leading figure in the musical life of Canada for over 50 years. He studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with Sir Ernest MacMillan, Ettore Mazzoleni and Healey Willan. His early years were spent in radio when he succeeded Percy Faith on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 1941. He has composed and conducted over 1000 radio dramas and variety programs. For several years, the Howard Cable Concert Band was heard nationally on the CBC and throughout the US on the Mutual Radio Network. On television, he was musical director and arranger for many celebrated telecasts, including the highly popular “Showtime.” Cable’s familiarity with a broad range of repertoire has kept him in demand as a composer and arranger for the Elmer Iseler Singers; the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Sharon, Lois and Bram; and the Toronto Band. This has resulted in the recording of his compositions and arrangements on many record labels and performances worldwide. His work in musical theatre has led to notable collaborations. On Broadway, he arranged for Richard Rodgers, Meredith Willson, and Frank Loesser. In the entertainment world, he had conducted for Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Bob Hope, Victor Borge and Danny Kaye. In Canada, his theatrical credits include appearances as guest conductor at the Banff and Shaw festivals and he has provided numerous scores for the Charlottetown Festival. His 20 year association with the Canadian Brass has resulted in his writing over 80 compositions and arrangements. He has arranged for the Canadian Brass collaboration with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as well as their Lincoln Center concerts with New York Philharmonic Brass.

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Collection consists of sheet music for the following songs: “That’s an Order from the Army”, “Fernando the Commando”, “We’re Marching to the Rhythm of the Boogie Beat”, and “On Behalf of the General Staff.” The words and music were written by Frank Shuster, Johnny Wayne, and Freddy Grant. The music was written for the Army Show, a musical revue for Canadian soldiers during the Second World War. Later, the term would be used as the operational name for entertainment units in the army. The Army Show also produced a radio broadcast of the same name from 1942-1943.

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Collection received 30 July 2012 from Howard Cable of Toronto, Ontario.


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    Associated material is housed at the University of Calgary Library Special Collections under MsC 302 (the Howard Cable fonds).

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    No further accruals are expected.

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