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Category: Music Video  >  Sub Category: FUSE Auditions   >  Round: Semi-Final   >  Match: Match 1   >  End Date: 12/11/2008 23:50:00
Verne Langdon Montecito, California

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Composer, Arranger, Artist
Verne Langdon was born in Oakland, California to a musical family; his mother was staff First Cellist with NBC radio in San Francisco, his father played violin, and to complete the musical history, Verne's Uncle was famed jazz cornetist, bandleader Ernest Loring "Red" Nichols (Red Nichols and The Five Pennies).

By age two Verne was climbing up on the piano bench and duplicating melodies; by age 12 he was studying classical piano with Thomas Ryan, then head of the Music Department at San Jose State University.

When it became obvious to Ryan that Verne's talent for improvising and creating his own melodies was holding the young artist back, Verne's parents were advised to put an end to formal lessons and give his gift free reign.

By fourteen, Verne Langdon was working for both of San Jose (California's) major music stores, demonstrating pianos and organs, where noted keyboard musician Korla Pandit heard Verne perform, and invited him to study music theory. Verne studied with Pandit for several years, learning and perfecting the simultaneous Hammond organ/grand piano techniques originated by Pandit on radio, most notably the "Chandu the Magician" radio soap opera (1948 revival).

Verne soon thereafter embarked on a successful career in radio, first with a weekly live broadcast organ music show (1959), then as a co-host for the prototype of the Coca-Cola Hi-Fi Club (1959-1960), and finally with his own 4-hour AM and 4-hr PM radio shows, 6 mornings and nights per week, on 50000 watt radio station KLOK-AM in the San Francisco Bay Area (1960-1962).

From 1967, when he and collaborator Milt Larsen produced "An Evening With Boris Karloff And His Friends" for Decca Records, to the present, he has written, produced or been featured Artist for fifteen LP albums, two forty-five single releases, ranging from theatre organ to harpsichord, comedy to calliope, and more than 30 CDs.

"Verne Langdon Carnival Of Souls The DVD" is Verne's first DVD and features his best known composition to date; no less than 10 versions of the song exist, and it is a favorite on YouTube as used by three different producers embodying three different versions of the song.

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Voting Ended  12/11/2008 23:50:00
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