Nelson Riddle, 1921-1985, had several phases to his career. Today he is best remembered for his musical relationship with Linda Ronstandt and the three popular big band albums she released during the early 1980s. He served as a producer and arranger for a number of artists, most notably Frank Sinatra. He also had a successful recording career as well, selling tens of millions of records.
He had the number one single in the United States during 1986. Riddle scored the film “Lisbon” starring Ray Miland and Maureen O’Hara and used the song “Lisbon Antigua” in the film. Released as a single it topped the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Best Sellers In Store Chart for four weeks beginning 2/25/56 and the Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart for one week. It peaked at number two on the Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart and Top 100 Chart.
The flip side of the single was “Robin Hood,” which was an entirely different story altogether.