Guide to the Axel Stordahl Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Stordahl, Axel
Title: Axel Stordahl papers
Dates: 1936-1960 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 274.0 linear feet (239 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 528
Summary: Alex Stordahl (1913-1963) was a trumpeter with the Bert Bloch orchestra and Tommy Dorsey, and composed music for Frank Sinatra, Eddie Fisher, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby among others. The collection contains scores and arrangements for orchestra and voice.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Alex Stordahl (1913-1963) was born in Staten Island, NY on August 8, 1913. He began his career as a trumpeter with the Bert Bloch orchestra from 1934 to 1936. He subsequently joined Tommy Dorsey who featured Frank Sinatra as the lead singer. Stordahl remained with Dorsey from 1936-1943. He later became Frank Sinatra's musical composer for the radio show, "Hit Parade," and remained with Sinatra for two years as composer and conductor.

Stordahl also arranged and conducted music for Eddie Fisher for four years, and for Gisele McKenzie, Nanette Fabray, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby. Along with Paul Weston and Sammy Cahn, he composed "Day by Day." Other popular arrangements were "If I Should Care," "Ain'tcha Ever Comin' Back," "Talking to Myself," "Night After Night," "Ride Off and Recollections."

Content Description

The collection contains scores and arrangements for orchestra and voice.

The scores and arrangements are arranged in numerical order as assigned by the composer. The paper finding aid lists score and arrangement titles in numerical order.

Also included are recordings on 45rpm records in German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and French, and tape recordings of German love songs, and Japanese songs.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Collection includes sound recordings, moving images, or digital files to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections & University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Axel Stordahl papers, Ax 528, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is arranged by the author's original numerical system.

Additional Reference Guides :  

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


  • Personal Names :
  • Stordahl, Axel
  • Subject Terms :
  • Arrangers (Musicians)--United States
  • Composers--United States
  • Conductors (Music)--United States
  • Popular music--United States
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Scores
    • Sound recordings

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