Johnny Richards

Johnny Richards

born on 2/11/1911 in Schenectady, NY, United States

died on 7/10/1968 in New York City, NY, United States

Johnny Richards

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Johnny Richards (born Juan Manuel Cascales, November 2, 1911 – October 7, 1968) was a jazz arranger and composer. He was a pivotal arranger for some of the more adventurous performances by Stan Kenton's big band in the 1950s and early 1960, such as Cuban Fire! and Kenton's West Side Story.


Richards was born in Toluca, Mexico to a Spanish father (Juan Cascales y Valero) and a Mexican mother (Maria Celia Arrue AKA Marie Cascales), whose parents were Spanish immigrants to Mexico. He entered the United States on August 4, 1919 at Laredo, Texas, along with his mother, three brothers (also professional musicians) and sister:


  • Jose Luis Cascales (Joe)
  • Carlos Guillermo Cascales (known in the music world as Chuck Cabot)
  • Maria de los Angeles Cascales (Angeles/Anne Beaufait)
  • Juan Adolfo Cascales (Jack; 1918–1975),[2] played double bass

Richards' father, Juan Cascales y Valero, immigrated earlier, crossing the border at Laredo, Texas, on June 4, 1919.[3] The family lived first in Los Angeles, California[4] and later in San Fernando, California, where Joe, Johnny, and Chuck attended and graduated from San Fernando High School. In 1930 Richards was living in Fullerton, California, and attending Fullerton College.[5]

Richards worked in Los Angeles, California from the late 1930s to 1952. In 1952 he moved to New York City. He had been arranging for Stan Kenton since 1950 and continued to do so through the mid-1960s. He also led his own bands throughout his career. In addition, he wrote the music for the popular song Young at Heart (1953), made famous by Frank Sinatra and others.

Richards died October 7, 1968, in New York, New York, of a brain tumor.[6] Reviewers have deemed his style as being influenced by Duke Ellington and Pete Rugolo.[7]


As leader

  • Annotations of the Muses (Légende, 1955)
  • Something Else by Johnny Richards (Bethlehem, 1956)
  • Wide Range (Capitol, 1957)
  • Experiments in Sound (Capitol, 1958)
  • The Rites of Diablo (Roulette, 1958)
  • Walk Softly/Run Wild! (Coral, 1959)
  • My Fair Lady – My Way (Roulette, 1964)
  • Aqui Se Habla Espagnol (Roulette, 1967)
  • Mosaic Select 17 (Mosaic, 2005)

As sideman/arranger

With Charlie Barnet

  • The Capitol Big Band Sessions (Capitol, 1948–1950)

With Harry James

  • Harry James And His Orchestra 1948-49 (Big Band Landmarks – Vol. X & XI, 1969)[8]

With Stan Kenton

  • Cuban Fire! (Capitol, 1956)
  • Back to Balboa (Capitol, 1958)
  • Two Much! (Capitol, 1960) with Ann Richards
  • Kenton's West Side Story (Capitol, 1961)
  • Adventures in Time (Capitol, 1962) as composer arranger and conductor

With Hugo Loewenstern

  • Who Said Good Music is Dead? (Jazz Art Spectacular LP 1103, 1965)[9]

See also

  • List of jazz arrangers

Notes and references

  1. ^ Portrait of Ralph Burns, Edwin A. Finckel, George Handy, Neal Hefti, Johnny Richards, and Eddie Sauter, Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y., ca. Mar. 1947 - William P. Gottlieb, accessed January 2011
  2. ^ U.S. Department of Labor, Immigration Service, Laredo, Texas, receipt #106831/14989 and United States of America Declaration of Intention #11261, certification No. 23 103364, dated November 21, 1941, Los Angeles, California
  3. ^ Database: Border Crossings from Mexico to U. S., 1903–1957
  4. ^ 1920 United States Federal Census, Los Angeles Assembly District 74, Los Angeles, California; roll T625_115; page 2B; Enumeration District 429, image 140
  5. ^ 1930 United States Federal Census, Fullerton, Orange, California; roll 181, page 3B, Enumeration District: 33, Image 311.0
  6. ^ MUSICMATCH Guide: Johnny Richards
  7. ^ Johnny Richards at AllMusic
  8. ^ "Harry James And His Orchestra – Harry James And His Orchestra 1948-49". Discogs. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. January 30, 1965. Retrieved March 21, 2017. 

External links

  • allmusic biography of Richards
  • Extensive biography of Richards
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