Ralph Burns

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Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Songwriter ("Early Autumn", "Bijou"), bandleader, composer, conductor, arranger and pianist, educated at the New England Conservatory. He studied piano with Marion Deviney. He was a pianist and arranger for the Charlie Barnet orchestra, and later with Woody Herman for seven years. He arranged for Broadway musicals, including "No Strings", "Little Me", "Funny Girl", and "Golden Boy". He conducted the orchestras for many records. Joining ASCAP in 1947, he collaborated musically with Woody Herman and Johnny Mercer. His song compositions also include "Summer Sequence", "Lady McGowan's Dream", "Rhapsody in Wood", "Northwest Passage", "Panacea", and "Keen and Peachy". Read more...