George Siravo, a music arranger for such performers as Doris Day, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, died Feb. 28 of natural causes at his home in Medford, Ore. He was 83.
An orchestra performer turned arranger, Siravo worked with many prominent singers, shaping such hits as “It’s Magic” for Day and “Who Can I Turn To” for Bennett. He also arranged many songs for Sinatra, including “The Hucklebuck.”
Siravo wrote for Bennett, Vic Damone, Buddy Clark, Diahann Carroll and Jimmy Roselli. He arranged extensively for “Youth Hit Parade,” a popular radio show of the 1940s and ’50s that tracked the top-selling hits. Sinatra was a vocalist on the show.
Early in his performing career, Siravo played saxophone, clarinet and flute. He later joined orchestras led by Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, Charley Barnett and Jan Savitt. He released several instrumental albums, including “Seductive Strings” featuring trumpeter Doc Severinsen.
When he moved to “Your Hit Parade” in the 1940s, he put performing aside to concentrate on his budding career as an arranger. He later worked at Columbia Records as an arranger and conductor.
He is survived by a daughter, a son and three grandchildren.