Top TV and film composer in 1950s and 60s

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Jerry Livingston

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TV work included "77 Sunset Strip" and "Hawaiian Eye"

Jerry Livingston, composer of “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo” and “Casper the Friendly Ghost,” was born in Denver, Colorado on March 25, 1909.

Attending the University of Arizona, Livingston formed his own orchestra and was the first freshman to write the University’s first annual musical. He moved to New York City in 1932 and worked as a pianist in dance orchestras, before organizing his own in 1940.

He moved to Hollywood in 1949 writing film scores for various studios. His filmography includes Cinderella, At War With the Army, Sailor Beware, Jumping Jacks. He also wrote scores for early television series including Shirley Temple Storybook and Jack and the Beanstalk. Title songs for film and TV include “The Hanging Tree”, “Room for One More”, “Cat Ballou”, “77 Sunset Strip”, “Bourbon Street Beat”, “Hawaiian Eye”, “Surfside 6”, “The Roaring Twenties”, “Casper the Friendly Ghost”, “Bugs Bunny Theme” and “Lawman.”

Collaborating with songwriters such as Mack David, Al Hoffman, Al Neiburg, Marty Symes, Milton Drake, Paul Francis Webster, Dan Shapiro, Ralph Freed, Mann Curtis, Helen Deutsch, Mitchell Parish, Milton Berle, Allen Roberts and Bob Merrill, Livingston produced a string of hit songs including “When It’s Darkness on the Delt”, “Under a Blanket of Blue”, “I’ve Got an Invitation to a Dance”, “Oh, Oh, What Do You Know About Love?”, “Just a Kid Named Joe”, “I’d Give a Million Tomorrows”, “Story of a starry Night”, “Close to You”, “What’s the Good Word, Mr. Bluebird?”, “Mairzy Doats”, “Fuzzy Wuzzy”, “I’ve a Big Girl Now”, “Promises”, “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night”, “It’s the Talk of the Town”, “Chi-Baba Chi-Baba”, “Blue and Sentimental”, “I Like It, I Like It”, “So This is Love”, “The Unbirthday Song”, “Wake the Town and Tell the People”, “The Twelfth of Never”, “March of the Ill-Assorted Guards” and “Young Emotions.”

Jerry Livingston died in 1987.

Wrote Disney classic "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo"

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Biography & Discography:

ASCAP Ace Database (www.ascap.com)

Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com)

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (www.oscar.com)

Hollywood Foreign Press Association (www.thegoldenglobes.com)

ASCAP Biographical Dictionary, 3rd Edition.
Copyright 1966.

Pop Memories: 1890-1954
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Record Research, Inc. Copyright 1986.

Top Pop Singles:1955-1999
Whitburn, Joel
Record Research, Inc. 1999.

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