Nelson Riddle was one of our best musicians and what he deserved,
This review is from: September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle (Paperback)
for posterity would have been a massive book about his music rather than a dour biography which is what we have here. What Riddle deserves is a book along the lines
of Will Friedwald's "Sinatra! The Song is You!" perhaps the best book ever written about Sinatra. This book by Peter Levinson certainly isn't it.
Some of the problems I have with this book are the numerous mistakes within the text and not even a complete discography of the legendary arranger's work. That he
had a very sad and unfulfilled personal life may be the reason for some of his greatest charts but it is his music that matters and while the reasons behind them may make for an interesting read I feel that had this author given more research as to the music----perhaps Friedwald may do a book on Riddle someday----as he does for the subject's rather dour life perhaps then we would have a book worth reading. I only have it because its the only book written about him.
All in all, this book is a real letdown for me. Riddle deserves better and I can only hope that one day we will get a book equal to his great talent.