Born: May 11, 1913 | Died: April 13, 2005 Primary Instrument: Arranger
Though his name was never out front, Tutti Camarata played an important role as an arranger during the big band era and conducted studio orchestras for many top vocalists. A trumpet player, Camarata studied music at Julliard. He worked as an arranger for Charlie Barnet and on Bing Crosby's radio program during in the mid-1930s. In 1938 he joined Paul Whiteman. When Whiteman soon after scrapped his band to form a new outfit he joined Jimmy Dorsey, where he helped shape the orchestra's success.
Dorsey's group was featured on a radio program sponsored by Twenty Grand cigarettes, and the sponsor required that the last three minutes of each show feature all the band's stars. Camarata came up with the concept of a ''three-in- one'' arrangement. They would open with a smooth ballad tempo for singer Bob Eberly then switch to a up-tempo beat for vocalist Helen O'Connell, then they would end it featuring Dorsey and the orchestra. This combination was responsible for the hits ''Tangerine,'' ''Green Eyes,'' ''Amapola'' and ''Yours.''...