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 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

In a few recent threads, the name Van Alexander has come up. I know him mostly through his work on some of William Castle's films, but I imagined he must have died. But he's still with us at the age of 98. Could this be the mystery composer on the MMM thread of a few weeks back? But I digress...

There are some interviews out there on YouTube, done a few years back by the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers - see www.asmac.org - but I haven't had the chance to see all the stuff yet, nor investigate all the articles. However, what's really interesting is that he seems to have shared a sort of common background with his brother Jerry Fielding (the surname in common is really Feldman). Both were highly sought after as arrangers, both well respected in the world of swing in the '50s... there are many differences of course, but the similarities are there.

So that makes it all the more interesting when I realize that it's a relationship which I've never seen openly discussed...

Apologies if this is a sensitive area. I don't mean to be tasteless or tactless but I'm really interested. Does anyone know why both brothers changed their names? Was there any kind of falling out which would stop Van Alexander mentioning Jerry Fielding in interviews (at least in the few I've seen or read)?



 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

They were really Brothers!?
I remember reading Van Alexander's Name numerous times in the end credits of TV sitcoms like "I Dream of Jeannie" or "Bewitched". It was delightful scoring!
I also remember seeing a picture of him in the FSM magazine.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


This doesn't seem right. Feldman is a fairly common Jewish name. In this interview—

http://www.jazzwax.com/2012/05/interview-van-alexander-part-1.html

...Van Alexander talks about his parents in NYC. Fielding was from Pittsburgh and wiki (never trustworthy, but still) gives different names for his parents.

"Don't believe everything you read on the Internet" —Abraham Lincoln

lk

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Ah! That would explain a lot. Thanks Mr K! I believed the Internet, but shall now change the topic heading.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 2:25 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Alexander has published a bio and I don't recall JF being mentioned.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 4:30 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

... and composer Morton Feldman is not related to Joshua Feldman (Jerry Fielding), either.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50Au-B0gqu0&feature=player_detailpage

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   Miles (MerM)   (Member)

How about Corey Feldman?

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2013 - 1:32 AM   
 By:   Heath   (Member)

Or Mart... ahh forget it.

 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2013 - 1:33 AM   
 By:   Heath   (Member)

Or Fenella Fielding... Hey, I said forget it!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 17, 2013 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Or how about Edward R. Feldman (who produced "Hogan's Heroes") or producer Phil Feldman (who produced "The Wild Bunch") (unless they were cousins).

 
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