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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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The Help
The Help Soundtrack
Teenage Millionaire
Teenage Millionaire Soundtrack
Ring-a-Ding Rhythm!
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 2017 Tu cara no me suena todavía (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2017 Tvoje tvár má známý hlas (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2017 Televise, která mela nebýt (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 2016 Who's Doing the Dishes? (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2016 Britain's Got More Talent (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2016 Call the Midwife (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2015 Rock the Kasbah (writer: "Jump Around")
 2014 Rude Tube (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2013 The Last of Robin Hood (performer: "The Bunny Hop")
 2013 Des gens qui s'embrassent ("Let's Twist Again")
 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)
 2011 The Help (writer: "The Wah-Watusi", "Let's Twist Again" - as David Appell)
 2011 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
 2010 Mafia II (Video Game) (performer: "OOH BABY OHH" - uncredited)
 2009 Aufgspuit! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2009 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 2009 Lotta på Liseberg (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 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)
 2004 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
 1998 All I Wanna Do (writer: "Do the Bird")
 1998 Monella (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1994 Wild Reeds (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1994 Florida Lady (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 1993 Dennis the Menace (writer: "Don't Hang Up")
 1993 Lo Kolel Sherut (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 1993 Virtaset ja Kekkonen (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1992 Sister Act (writer: "Gravy")
 1990 Quantum Leap (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 1989 Screen One (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 1989 Saved by the Bell (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 1989 The Magic of David Copperfield XI: The Explosive Encounter (TV Special) (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)
 1984 The Flamingo Kid (writer: "South Street" - as David Appell)
 1981 Szabadgyalog (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1979 Going Steady (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1977-1979 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
 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 - 9 episodes, 1964 - 1965) (music - 2 episodes, 1965)
 1965 Hollywood a Go Go (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 1964 The Comedy Man (writer: "Let's Twist Again", "Dancin' Party" - uncredited)
 1964 Die ganze Welt ist himmelblau ("Let's Twist Again")
 1963 Il mondo di notte numero 3 (Documentary) (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 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 I've Got a Secret (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
 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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