By the early 1940s, DeVol was leading his own band on Mutural Network station KHJ in Los Angeles. He soon became musical director for the network, working with Rudi Vallee, Dinah Shore, Jack Carson, and others, and was appearing himself in some of the on-air skits. DeVol worked in radio until the early 1950s, when director Robert Aldrich hired him to score a low-budget movie, "World for Ransom." Other studio jobs followed, and by the early 1960s, most of his time was spent writing and conducting music for series such as "My Three Sons" and "The Brady Bunch" and movies like "Pillow Talk," "Good Neighbor Sam," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," and "Krakatoa: East of Java." He won five Oscar nominations for his scores and five Emmys for his television themes and scores. He was in steady demand as an arranger for vocalists such as Tony Bennett, Doris Day, Vic Damone, June Christy, and Peggy Lee. And in his spare moments, he did occasional acting bits, appearing in movies such as "The Parent Trap" before his "Fernwood/America 2 Nite" stint. But DeVol was also a recording artist with Capitol, Columbia, and finally, ABC, and released over a dozen albums of fairly standard--although not so hackneyed as Mantovani's--string-laden easy listening music.
The most noteworthy of these for space age pop fans is Bacchanale, a suite of compositions by Albert Harris centered on the theme of the gods of Greek mythology. In the mid-1980s, after the death of his first wife, DeVol married the big band-era singer Helen O'Connell, and together the couple performed on cruise ships for several years until O'Connell's death in 1997. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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