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Dave Appell (1922–2014)

Composer, conductor, arranger, songwriter and publisher. In World War II, he composed and arranged for US Navy bands, later arranging for dance orchestras. He led his own trio on radio and television, and became a publisher, joining ASCAP in 1955. His chief musical collaborators included Kal Mann, Bernie Lowe, and Max Freedman. See full bio »

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 2016 Britain's Got More Talent (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #10.4 (2016) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2016 Call the Midwife (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #5.8 (2016) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2015 Rock the Kasbah (writer: "Jump Around")
 2014 Rude Tube (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Planet Fail (2014) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2013 The Last of Robin Hood (performer: "The Bunny Hop")
 2012 Alexandra - Stimme der Sehnsucht: Der rätselhafte Tod eines Stars (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2011 I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #11.16 (2011) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 2011 The Help (writer: "The Wah-Watusi", "Let's Twist Again" - as David Appell)
 2011 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Hollywood Twists (2011) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2010 Mafia II (Video Game) (performer: "OOH BABY OHH")
 2009 Aufgspuit! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Schmidbauer mit Klaus Eberhartinger (2009) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 2009 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #9.3 (2009) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2009 Lotta på Liseberg (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Får jag lov eller skall vi dansa först? (2009) ... (writer: "Let's twist again")
 2008 Wildwood Days (Documentary) (writer: "WILDWOOD DAYS' - as Dave Appel)
 2007 An American Crime (writer: "Rules of Love")
 2005 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- There's Something About Marrying (2005) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2004 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Place of Our Own (2004) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1998 All I Wanna Do (writer: "Do the Bird")
 1998 Frivolous Lola (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1994 Wild Reeds (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1994 Florida Lady (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Honeymoon nach Fahrplan (1994) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1993 Dennis the Menace (writer: "Don't Hang Up")
 1993 Lo Kolel Sherut (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.8 (1993) ... (writer: "Bo VeNirkod Shuv Twist (Let's Twist Again)")
 1993 Virtaset ja Kekkonen (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1992 Sister Act (writer: "Gravy")
 1990 Quantum Leap (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- All-Americans - November 6, 1962 (1990) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 1989 Screen One (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- She's Been Away (1989) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 1989 Saved by the Bell (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Dancing to the Max (1989) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 1989 The Magic of David Copperfield XI: The Explosive Encounter (TV Movie) (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1988 Purple People Eater (writer: "Twist It Up" - as Appell)
 1988 Everybody's All-American (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1988 Summertime Blues: Lemon Popsicle VIII (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1988 A World Apart (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 1988 Lady in White (as David Appell, "LET'S LIMBO SOME MORE")
 1988 Hairspray (writer: "Let's Twist Again", "Gravy", "Dancin Party", "Do the New Continental")
 1987 The Pick-up Artist (writer: "Don't Hang Up")
 1987 Young Love: Lemon Popsicle 7 (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1986 Er is er een jarig (TV Movie) (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 1986 Crime Story (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Final Transmission (1986) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1984 The Flamingo Kid (writer: "South Street" - as David Appell)
 1982 The Outsider (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1979 Going Steady (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1977-1979 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Episode dated 9 March 1979 (1979) ... (writer: "The Bristol Stomp")
- Episode dated 17 November 1977 (1977) ... (writer: "Dancing Party")
- Episode dated 3 November 1977 (1977) ... (writer: "Dancing Party")
- Episode dated 20 October 1977 (1977) ... (writer: "Dancin' Party")
 1973 Let the Good Times Roll (Documentary) (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1971 The Good Life (TV Series) (music: "The Good Life" - as Dave Appel) / (producer: "The Good Life" - as Dave Appel)
 1971 The Neon Palace (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
  Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 8 episodes, 1964 - 1965) (music - 2 episodes, 1965)
- Episode #2.7 (1965) ... (music: "Rock Me in the Cradle of Love", "Do the Bird" - uncredited)
- Episode #1.50 (1965) ... (writer: "Rock Me in the Cradle of Love")
- Episode #1.42 (1965) ... (writer: "Rock Me in the Cradle of Love")
- Episode #1.39 (1965) ... (writer: "Don't Hang Up", "The Bristol Stomp")
- Episode #1.29 (1965) ... (writer: "Loddy Lo")
 1965 Hollywood a Go Go (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.17 (1965) ... (writer: "Let's Do the Freddie")
 1964 The Comedy Man (writer: "Let's Twist Again", "Dancin' Party" - uncredited)
 1964 This Shocking World (Documentary) (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 1964 Die ganze Welt ist himmelblau ("Let's Twist Again")
 1963 En söndag i september (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 1962 Don't Knock the Twist (writer: "Don't Knock The Twist", "Do The New Continental", "Bristol Stomp")
 1962 Ring-a-Ding Rhythm! (writer: "Lose Your Inhibition Twist")
 1961 Twist Around the Clock (writer: "Your Lips and Mine", "Twist Along")
 1961 Teenage Millionaire (writer: "Let's Twist Again", "Dance the Mess Around")
 1956 Don't Knock the Rock (performer: "Applejack", "Country Dance") / (writer: "Applejack")
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After working with Tony Orlando & Dawn, he was a journalist for several newspapers and a freelance science writer, and wrote several science and foreign-language books.

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[in 2001, on longtime songwriting partner Kal Mann] He was a very talented writer. He had his finger on the pulse of what was going on in those days. Very simple lyrics, about romancing and dancing . . . And the teenagers dug it at the time . . . a very prolific, imaginative guy . . . He was very, very commercial in his treatment of music. Though he was much older than the audience he was writing... See more »


Was the longtime A&R (Artists & Repertoire) man at Philadelphia's Cameo-Parkway Records, the label that had Bobby Rydell, The Dovells and The Orlons, among others.

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