Don Costa (June 10, 1925 - January 19, 1983) was a highly acclaimed traditional pop/jazz conductor, guitarist, arranger, and producer who became famous as a recording artist during the early 1960s. He is best known for his Top 20 orchestral arrangement of "Never On Sunday" (1960), the title song from the 1960 Greek romantic comedy, which soon after went gold. Other hits include "Theme From 'The Unforgiven' (The Need For Love)" (1960).
Born Dominick P. Costa in Boston, Massachusetts into an Italian American family, he began his long career while still in his teens as a guitarist for the CBS Radio Orchestra. By the late 1940s, he had became a prolific session musician and soon after branched out into musical arranging. He then became A&R director as well as chief arranger and producer for ABC-Paramount Records before moving to United Artists in the late 1950s. In addition to his own instrumental albums, Costa arranged and/or produced for such artists as Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, George Hamilton IV, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, The Osmond Brothers, Lloyd Price, and Frank Sinatra.
- The New York Times remembers Don Costa.
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Don Costa And His Orchestra
- Never On Sunday 1960
(This instrumental song, which is the title theme from the 1960 movie starring Melina Mercouri, later also became a hit for the Chordettes (1961, sung version) and Lale Anderson (1961, as "Ein Schiff" sung in German).)
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