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Dave Appell (1922–2014)

Composer, conductor, arranger, songwriter and publisher. In World War II, he composed and arranged for US Navy bands, later arranging for dance orchestras. He led his own trio on radio and television, and became a publisher, joining ASCAP in 1955. His chief musical collaborators included Kal Mann, Bernie Lowe, and Max Freedman. See full bio »

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Known For

Ryan's Hope Writer
(1975)
The Help Soundtrack
(2011)
Teenage Millionaire Soundtrack
(1961)

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 2019 The Sara Cox Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.13 (2019) ... (writer: "Jump Around" - uncredited)
 2018 ITV Lunchtime News (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 26 October 2018 (2018) ... (writer: "Jump Around" - uncredited)
 2016-2018 Britain's Got More Talent (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #12.4 (2018) ... (writer: "Jump Around")
- Episode #10.4 (2016) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2017 Fortunata (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - as David Appell)
 2017 Tu cara no me suena todavía (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.9 (2017) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 2017 Tvoje tvár má známý hlas (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.11 (2017) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 2017 Lethal Weapon (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Murtaugh File (2017) ... (writer: "Jump Around " - uncredited)
 2017 Televise, která mela nebýt (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 2016 Mafia III (Video Game) (writer: "I Let A Good Thing Go By")
 2016 Who's Doing the Dishes? (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Sean Wilson (2016) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2016 Bridget Jones's Baby (writer: "Jump Around")
 2016 War Dogs (writer: "Jump Around")
 2016 Central Intelligence (writer: "Jump Around" - as David Appell)
 2016 Call the Midwife (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #5.8 (2016) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2016 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (writer: "Jump Around")
 2015 Rock the Kasbah (writer: "Jump Around")
 2015 Playing House (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Knotty Pine (2015) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited) / (writer: "Ride!" - as Dave Leon, uncredited)
 2015 Rock 'n' Roll America (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Be My Baby (2015) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 2015 The 90s: Ten Years That Changed the World (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Jump Around" - uncredited)
 2015/I The Frontier (writer: "Wah-Watusi!")
 2014 Rude Tube (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Planet Fail (2014) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2013 The Last of Robin Hood (performer: "The Bunny Hop")
 2013 It Happened in Saint-Tropez ("Let's Twist Again")
 2013 My Mad Fat Diary (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Big Wide World (2013) ... (writer: "Jump Around" - uncredited)
 2012 Alexandra - Stimme der Sehnsucht: Der rätselhafte Tod eines Stars (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2011 I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #11.16 (2011) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 2011 The Help (writer: "The Wah-Watusi", "Let's Twist Again" - as David Appell)
 2011 20 to 1 (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Hollywood Twists (2011) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2010 Mafia II (Video Game) (performer: "OOH BABY OHH" - uncredited)
 2009 Aufgspuit! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Schmidbauer mit Klaus Eberhartinger (2009) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 2009 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #9.3 (2009) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2009 Lotta på Liseberg (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Får jag lov eller skall vi dansa först? (2009) ... (writer: "Let's twist again")
 2008 Mad Men (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- For Those Who Think Young (2008) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2008 Wildwood Days (Documentary) (writer: "WILDWOOD DAYS' - as Dave Appel)
 2007 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Season 5 Finale (2007) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2007 An American Crime (writer: "Rules of Love")
 2005 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- There's Something About Marrying (2005) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 2004 Cold Case (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Who's Your Daddy (2004) ... (writer: "Jump Around")
 2004 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Place of Our Own (2004) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 2002 9/11 (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Wah Watusi")
 1998 All I Wanna Do (writer: "Do the Bird")
 1998 Frivolous Lola (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1994 Wild Reeds (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1994 Florida Lady (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Honeymoon nach Fahrplan (1994) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1993 Dennis the Menace (writer: "Don't Hang Up")
 1993 Lo Kolel Sherut (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.8 (1993) ... (writer: "Bo VeNirkod Shuv Twist (Let's Twist Again)")
 1993 The Joneses and the President (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1992 Sister Act (writer: "Gravy")
 1991 Brides of Christ (TV Mini-Series) (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1990 Quantum Leap (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- All-Americans - November 6, 1962 (1990) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 1989 Screen One (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- She's Been Away (1989) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 1989 Saved by the Bell (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Dancing to the Max (1989) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 1989 The Magic of David Copperfield XI: The Explosive Encounter (TV Special) (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1988 Purple People Eater (writer: "Twist It Up" - as Appell)
 1988 Everybody's All-American (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1988 Summertime Blues (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1988 A World Apart (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 1988 Lady in White (as David Appell, "LET'S LIMBO SOME MORE")
 1988 Hairspray (writer: "Let's Twist Again", "Gravy", "Dancin Party", "Do the New Continental")
 1987 The Pick-up Artist (writer: "Don't Hang Up")
 1987 Young Love: Lemon Popsicle 7 (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1986 Er is er een jarig (TV Movie) (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 1986 Crime Story (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Final Transmission (1986) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1984 The Flamingo Kid (writer: "South Street" - as David Appell)
 1981 The Outsider (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1979 Greasy Kid Stuff (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1977-1979 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 4 episodes)
- Episode dated 9 March 1979 (1979) ... (writer: "The Bristol Stomp")
- Episode dated 17 November 1977 (1977) ... (writer: "Dancing Party")
- Episode dated 3 November 1977 (1977) ... (writer: "Dancing Party")
- Episode dated 20 October 1977 (1977) ... (writer: "Dancin' Party")
 1973 Let the Good Times Roll (Documentary) (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1971 The Good Life (TV Series) (music: "The Good Life" - as Dave Appel) / (producer: "The Good Life" - as Dave Appel)
 1971 The Neon Palace (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
  Shindig! (TV Series) (writer - 9 episodes, 1964 - 1965) (music - 2 episodes, 1965)
- Episode #2.7 (1965) ... (music: "Rock Me in the Cradle of Love", "Do the Bird" - uncredited)
- Episode #1.50 (1965) ... (writer: "Rock Me in the Cradle of Love")
- Episode #1.42 (1965) ... (writer: "Rock Me in the Cradle of Love")
- Episode #1.39 (1965) ... (writer: "Don't Hang Up", "The Bristol Stomp")
- Chuck Berry, Rosie Grier, the Spats, Adam Faith (1965) ... (writer: "Loddy Lo")
 1965 Hollywood a Go Go (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.17 (1965) ... (writer: "Let's Do the Freddie")
 1964 The Comedy Man (writer: "Let's Twist Again", "Dancin' Party" - uncredited)
 1964 Die ganze Welt ist himmelblau ("Let's Twist Again")
 1963 This Shocking World (Documentary) (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 1963 En söndag i september (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 1961-1963 Bandstand (TV Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- Episode dated 6 February 1963 (1963) ... (writer: "La La Limbo")
- Episode dated 17 November 1962 (1962) ... (writer: "I Wanna Thank You")
- Episode dated 26 May 1962 (1962) ... (writer: "Gee, It's Wonderful")
- Episode dated 10 February 1962 (1962) ... (writer: "I Wanna Thank You")
- Episode dated 13 January 1962 (1962) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again")
 1962 Don't Knock the Twist (writer: "Don't Knock The Twist", "Do The New Continental", "Bristol Stomp")
 1962 Ring-A-Ding Rhythm! (writer: "Lose Your Inhibition Twist" - uncredited)
 1961 Twist Around the Clock (writer: "Your Lips and Mine", "Twist Along")
 1961 I've Got a Secret (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 30 October 1961 (1961) ... (writer: "Let's Twist Again" - uncredited)
 1961 Teenage Millionaire (writer: "Let's Twist Again", "Dance the Mess Around")
 1956 Don't Knock the Rock (performer: "Applejack", "Country Dance") / (writer: "Applejack")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

After working with Tony Orlando & Dawn, he was a journalist for several newspapers and a freelance science writer, and wrote several science and foreign-language books.

Alternate Names:

David Appell
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[in 2001, on longtime songwriting partner Kal Mann] He was a very talented writer. He had his finger on the pulse of what was going on in those days. Very simple lyrics, about romancing and dancing . . . And the teenagers dug it at the time . . . a very prolific, imaginative guy . . . He was very, very commercial in his treatment of music. Though he was much older than the audience he was writing... See more »

Trivia:

Was the longtime A&R (Artists & Repertoire) man at Philadelphia's Cameo-Parkway Records, the label that had Bobby Rydell, The Dovells and The Orlons, among others.

Star Sign:

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