Axel Stordahl papers, 1936-1960

Overview of the Collection

Stordahl, Axel
Axel Stordahl papers
1936-1960 (inclusive)
274 linear feet, (239 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 528
Alex Stordahl (1913-1963) was a trumpeter with the Bert Bloch orchestra and Tommy Dorsey, and composed music for Frank Sinatra, Eddie Fisher, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby among others. The collection contains scores and arrangements for orchestra and voice.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 5413463068
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UNARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. For more information, please submit a Notice of Interest in Unprocessed Collections.

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Alex Stordahl (1913-1963) was born in Staten Island, NY on August 8, 1913. He began his career as a trumpeter with the Bert Bloch orchestra from 1934 to 1936. He subsequently joined Tommy Dorsey who featured Frank Sinatra as the lead singer. Stordahl remained with Dorsey from 1936-1943. He later became Frank Sinatra's musical composer for the radio show, "Hit Parade," and remained with Sinatra for two years as composer and conductor.

Stordahl also arranged and conducted music for Eddie Fisher for four years, and for Gisele McKenzie, Nanette Fabray, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby. Along with Paul Weston and Sammy Cahn, he composed "Day by Day." Other popular arrangements were "If I Should Care," "Ain'tcha Ever Comin' Back," "Talking to Myself," "Night After Night," "Ride Off and Recollections."

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains scores and arrangements for orchestra and voice.

Also included are recordings on 45rpm records in German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and French, and tape recordings of German love songs, and Japanese songs.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Axel Stordahl papers, Ax 528, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Collection is arranged by the author's original numerical system.

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Subject Terms

  • Arrangers (Musicians)--United States
  • Composers--United States
  • Conductors (Music)--United States
  • Popular music--United States

Personal Names

  • Stordahl, Axel

Form or Genre Terms

  • Scores
  • Sound recordings