Biography of Perry Botkin Jr.

from Wikipedia

Perry Botkin, Jr. (born 1933 in New York, New York) is an American composer, producer, arranger, and musician. He had a successful career in music for over forty years. As an arranger, he worked with Bobby Darin, Harry Nilsson, The Lettermen, Ed Ames, and Harpers Bizarre, among others. The film scores that he composed are similar to the music of his partner and counterpart, Barry De Vorzon.

In 1990, Botkin retired from the commercial music industry, and began self-producing CDs of electronic music. James Herbert, in the liner notes for the first of these recordings, says, "With these new musical works, Perry Botkin has achieved his musical goal. He has succeeded in being himself."


For the Hollyridge Strings, co-arranged "The Beatles Song Book Vol. 4" and arranged "Oldies But Goldies".


  • 1971 - Academy Award nomination - Best Song, "Bless the Beasts and Children", with Barry DeVorzon
  • 1977 - Grammy Award winner - Best Instrumental Arrangement - "Nadia's Theme (The Young and the Restless)", with Barry DeVorzon and Harry Betts

Some recordings

- "Nadia's Theme" (with Barry DeVorzon)


- Hollyridge Strings - "The Beatles Songbook Vol.4" (co-arranger/conductor with Mort Garson)
- Hollyridge Strings - "Oldies but Goldies"
- Incredible Bongo Band - "Bongo Rock" album
- Incredible Bongo Band - "The Return of the Incredible Bongo Band" album
- Bobby Darin - In a Broadway Bag album
- The Cascades - "Rhythm of the Rain"
- Robin Ward - "Wonderful Summer"
- José Feliciano - "Feliz Navidad"
- Harry Nilsson - Pandemonium Shadow Show album
- Carly Simon - Playing Possum album
- Barbra Streisand - Stoney End album
- Maureen McGovern - Academy Award Performance album
- The Checkmates - Love Is All We Have To Give album