Frank Skinner

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Meredosia, Illinois, USA
The author of the textbook "F.Skinner's Simplified Method for Modern Arranging" (published 1934) began his musical career as a pianist in vaudeville alongside his brother Carl. He then became a noted arranger for New York dance orchestras in the 1930's and was briefly active in the field of music publishing. Skinner's debut in Hollywood was as arranger for MGM's The Great Ziegfeld (1936). After completing work on the picture, he went on to spend the remainder of his lengthy career as composer/orchestrator for Universal (1938-1966) under the aegis of department head Joseph Gershenson. Read more...