BiographyPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Composer, arranger and pianist, he was a child prodigy who was already a keyboard artist at three and a concert performer at six. A self-taught orchestrator, he learned musical theory in the local public library, and soon was arranging music for popular bandleaders including Count Basie and Fred Waring. Coming to Hollywood in 1948, he studied composition theory with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and by 1951 he was on the staff of the Universal-International music department, where he remained until the end of that decade, composing themes and scores for U-I's steady output of youth-oriented monster and horror films, a genre he often effaced. Read more... Later, at the beginning of the 1960s, he concentrated on television music, until retiring in the mid-1960s.