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Robert Meredith Willson (18 May 190215 June 1984) was an American composer and playwright, best known as the writer of The Music Man. May 18 is the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (139th in leap years). ... 1902 (MCMII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... June 15 is the 166th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (167th in leap years), with 199 days remaining. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Music Man is a musical play with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson (story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey), which opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on December 19, 1957. ...


Born Robert Meredith Reiniger in Mason City, Iowa, Willson attended Frank Damrosch's Institute of Musical Art (later The Juilliard School) in New York City. A flute and piccolo player, Willson was a member of John Philip Sousa's band (1921 - 1923) and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini (1924 - 1929). Willson then moved to San Francisco, California as the concert director for KFRC, and then as a musical director for the NBC radio network in Hollywood. Mason City is a city in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. ... The Juilliard School is a performing arts conservatory in New York City, informally but definitively identified as simply Juilliard, and most famous for its musically-trained alumni. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Big Apple Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,214. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... A Yamaha piccolo. ... John Philip Sousa John Philip Sousa (November 6, 1854 – March 6, 1932), popularly known as The March King, was an American composer and conductor of the late Romantic era known particularly for American military marches. ... 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The New York Philharmonic is an American orchestra based in New York City. ... Arturo Toscanini (March 25, 1867, Parma, Emilia-Romagna – January 16, 1957, New York City) was an Italian musician. ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: The City by the Bay; The City That Knows How; Golden Mountain (historic Chinese name) Location Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: , Government City-County San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Geographical characteristics Area     City 600. ... KFRC is an AM and FM broadcast radio station in San Francisco, California in the United States. ... NBC, (Formerly an acronym for the National Broadcasting Company until 2004), is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... ...


His work for films included the music for Charlie Chaplin's 1940 film The Great Dictator, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. During World War II, he worked for the United States' Armed Forces Radio Service. His work with the AFRS teamed him with George Burns, Gracie Allen and Bill Goodwin. (He would work with all three as the bandleader, and a regular character, on the Burns and Allen radio program.) Returning to network radio after WWII, he created the Talking People, a choral group which spoke in unison while delivering radio commercials. For other people named Chaplin, see Chaplin (disambiguation). ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... The Great Dictator is a film directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States and most watched awards ceremony in the world. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the use of images on this page may require cleanup, involving adjustment of image placement, formatting, size, or other adjustments. ... American Forces Network, or AFN - the acronym that its most commonly known as, is the brand name used by the United States Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) for its networks worldwide. ... American Forces Network, or AFN - the acronym that its most commonly known as, is the brand name used by the United States Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) for its networks worldwide. ... George Burns, born Nathan Birnbaum (January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996), was an American comedian and actor, arguably the greatest straight man of 20th-century American comedy. ... Gracie Allen, wife of comic legend George Burns, who started show business in vaudeville, became famous when teamed with him. ... Bill Goodwin (July 28, 1910 - 9 May 1958) Goodwin was for many years the announcer and regular character of the Burns and Allen radio program (1950-1951). ... Burns and Allen were an American comedy duo consisting of George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen. ...


Willson's most famous work, The Music Man, premiered on Broadway in 1957 and was adapted twice for film (in 1962 and 2003). He referred to the play as "an Iowan's attempt to pay tribute to his home state." It took Willson some eight years and thirty revisions to complete the musical, for which he wrote more than forty songs. The cast recording of The Music Man won the very first Grammy award ever issued. The Music Man is a musical play with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson (story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey), which opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre on December 19, 1957. ... Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music...


His second musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, ran on Broadway for 532 performances from 1960 to 1962 and was made into a 1964 motion picture starring Debbie Reynolds. The Unsinkable Molly Brown is a musical play which tells the fictionalized account of the life of Margaret Brown, whose husband made a fortune in the Colorado gold mines, and who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Portrait of Debbie Reynolds by Philippe Halsman on cover of Life magazine, 1951 Debbie Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) is an American actress and singer. ...


His third musical was an adaptation of the film Miracle On 34th Street, called Here's Love! (1963). His fourth, last, and least successful musical was 1491, which told the story of Columbus's attempts to finance his famous voyage. Miracle on 34th Street (also titled The Big Heart in the UK) is a 1947 film which tells the story of a gentle old man, working as a Santa Claus at Macys department store in New York City, who contends that he is the real deal. ... See also: 1962 in music, other events of 1963, 1964 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 1 - The Beatles start a 5 day tour in Scotland to support the release of their new single, Love Me Do. January 4 - At Cortina d...


His Symphony No. 1 In F Minor, A Symphony Of San Francisco, and Symphony No. 2 In E Minor, Missions Of California, were recorded in 1999 by William T. Stromberg conducting the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


Willson penned a number of very well-known songs, such as "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Gary Indiana," "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas," and even "Till There Was You," which was a hit for the Beatles in 1963. He also wrote the University of Iowa's fight song. Seventy-Six Trombones is the signature song from the 1957 musical play The Music Man, written by Meredith Willson. ... With the Beatles was The Beatles second album, recorded four months after the bands first album and released in late 1963. ... The Beatles (1960-1970) were an English music group from Liverpool who continue to be held in the highest esteem for their artistic achievements, their huge commercial success, their groundbreaking role in the history of popular music, and their contributions to popular culture. ... The University of Iowa is a major national research university located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City, Iowa, USA, on the Iowa River in East Central Iowa. ...


In general, it was recognized that Willson wrote surprisingly well-crafted, complex, and subtle music that classical music fans could appreciate, with intricate and sometimes startling counterpoint, well-crafted melody, and subtle orchestration, all while still appealing to mass audiences.


Willson and his wife lived for years in the Mandeville Canyon section of Brentwood, California. In the 1960s, Willson was fondly remembered by friends and neighbors as a warm and gregarious host who loved nothing more than to play the piano and sing at numerous parties. Willson often gave out autographed copies of his record album, Meredith Willson Sings Songs from The Music Man. His alma mater, Juilliard, recently dedicated its first and only residence hall to Willson. Brentwood is a district in the West Los Angeles region of Los Angeles, California, United States. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ...


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Meredith Willson Biography - famous Meredith Willson Classical collection and Meredith Willson Music Reviews. (624 words)
Meredith was born in Mason City, Iowa on 18 May 1902.
As a boy, Meredith was the proud owner of the first mail-order flute ever seen in his native city.
Meredith Willson achieved his greatest triumph with his musical revue The Music Man, for which he wrote the book, the lyrics and the music.
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