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“Tracy’s Theme”

Columbia 41532

(Robert Ascher)

No. 13    February 22, 1960




 In the late 40s, Spencer Ross wrote arrangements for Gordon Jenkins and his orchestra, then arranged

and lead orchestral ensembles for both Bigtop and Columbia Records thoughout the 50s and early 60s.

One of his sporadically issued singles caught fire in the deep winter of 1959.    “Tracy’s Theme”–limned by

the silky sax of Jimmy Abato, and instructor at the Juilliard School of Music–fugued its way like the weave

in a fine tapestry through a TV special called “The Philadelphia Story.”


Before returning to his usual position behind-the-scenes, Ross realized the silky sax of Jimmy Abeto, an

instructor at the Julliard School of Music, to issue an albums worth of similar sounds and a pair of plush

but little-known and long f orgotten follow-ups, the “Theme for a Lonely Evening and “Song for a Summer