Al De Lory
Birth nameAlfred V. De Lory
Born(1930-01-31)January 31, 1930
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedFebruary 5, 2012(2012-02-05) (aged 82)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresPop, surf rock, country
Occupation(s)Record producer, arranger, composer, musician, conductor
Years active1950s–2000s
LabelsCapitol Records

Alfred V. De Lory (January 31, 1930 – February 5, 2012) was an American record producer, arranger, conductor and session musician.[1] He was the producer and arranger of a series of worldwide hits by Glen Campbell in the 1960s, including John Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind", Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston". He was also a member of the 1960s Los Angeles session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew, and inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2007.


Born in Los Angeles, De Lory was the son of a studio musician. As a child he studied piano and began arranging music while in the Army. Upon his discharge, he worked as a pianist in studio orchestras and in clubs.

In the late 1950s De Lory co-wrote the 1960 #1 hit novelty song "Mr. Custer", recorded by Larry Verne. As an L.A. based session musician in the early 1960s De Lory played keyboards for various Phil Spector "Wall of Sound" productions, recordings of Surf rock, and The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds.[2]

By the mid-1960s Ken Nelson had hired him as producer and arranger for Capitol Records, and he provided a key element in the success of Glen Campbell's million selling hit singles and albums from 1967 to 1972. As a bandleader he had his own hit in 1970 with an instrumental version of the "Song from M*A*S*H". In the 1970s he moved to Nashville, producing country artists and film soundtracks, (including The Devil's Rain). He also played and recorded with his own Latin Jazz groups.

De Lory's youngest child, daughter, Donna De Lory, is a singer, session musician and recording artist. De Lory and Niki Haris were backing vocalists for Madonna, appearing on numerous albums, in videos and accompanying her on tour. De Lory's oldest daughter, Jolene, appeared on the single "Sing," by the The Carpenters. His son, Alan DeLory, is also a singer/songwriter. [3][4][5]

De Lory died in Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 82.[6]

Selected discography

As session musician

Also Jan & Dean, The Hondells, Doris Day, Tina Turner, The Righteous Brothers

As producer and/or arranger

Glen Campbell albums

Other artists

Donovan, The Four Preps, Dobie Gray, The Lettermen, Donna Loren, Al Martino, Anne Murray, Jim Nabors, Wayne Newton, Andy Russell, The Sugar Shoppe, The Turtles, Ricky Van Shelton

As bandleader

Soundtrack composer



  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Al De Lory Biography". Allmusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Al De Lory Interview". Album Liner Notes. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "6291 - Singer Donna De Lory stretches her talents - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News Archive - Windy City Times". Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  4. ^ "Jolene Delory Obituary - Louisville, KY | Courier-Journal". Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  5. ^ "Hunnypot | Where Music Lovers Go To Play - DONNA DE LORY (GUEST INTERVIEW/DJ SET) + LA MACHINE DE RÊVE + ZEUS REBEL WATERS + h2the + SUN IN CHINA + MIKE MILLIE & (DJ) VEGGIE TRON + HUNNYPOT DANCE PARTY". 2016-02-13. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  6. ^ Lentz, Harris M., III (2013). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2012. McFarland & Company. p. 76. ISBN 978-0786470631.