He could neither read or write music on paper, but he hired his own studio orchestra and orchestrators and composed melodies by either humming or picking the tune with one finger on a piano. In that manner he released over 20 albums on Capitol Records, often with Bobby Hackett
as featured trumpet soloist, between 1953 and 1969....
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Jackie C. Gleason
5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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[on what inspired him to became a "mood music" legend, via a series of successful albums] Every time I ever watched Clark Gable
do a love scene in the movies, I'd hear this really pretty music, real romantic, come up behind him and help set the mood. So I'm figuring that if Gable needs that kinda help, then a guy in Canarsie has gotta be dyin' for something like this.
His paternal grandfather, William Walton Gleason, was an Irish immigrant, and his paternal grandmother, who was U.S.-born, had English and Dutch ancestry. His mother was also an Irish immigrant, from Farranree, Cork, Ireland.