Ray Heindorf


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(1908–1980). Film orchestrator, arranger, and composer. A much admired musical director in Hollywood, he supervised the music at Warner Brothers for forty years. Heindorf was born in Haverstraw, New York, and educated at the Troy Conservatory before arriving in Hollywood just as sound came in. He supervised the music for Hollywood Revue of 1929 and went on to arrange, orchestrate, and/or conduct the music for 150 films. His many musicals include Sweet Adeline (1934), Broadway Gondolier (1935), Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936), The Singing Marine (1937), Gold Diggers in Paris (1938), On Your Toes (1939), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), This Is the Army (1943), The Desert Song (1943), Up in Arms (1944), Wonder Man (1945), Rhapsody in Blue (1945), Night and Day (1946), Romance on the High Seas (1948), Young Man With a Horn (1950), Tea for Two (1950), The Jazz Singer (1953), A Star Is Born (1954), The Pajama Game (1957), Damn Yankees (1958), The Music Man (1962), Finian's Rainbow (1968), and 1776 (1972). Heindorf also wrote original soundtrack scores for over thirty nonmusical films and individual songs, such as “Some Sunday Morning,” “Pete Kelly's Blues,” and “Sugarfoot.”

From The Oxford Companion to the American Musical in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music Theatre.

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