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Date of Birth 13 September 1909Mount Moriah, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 23 July 1970Los Angeles, California, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Leith Stevens was born on September 13, 1909 in Mount Moriah, Missouri, USA. He is known for his work on Climax! (1954), The Five Pennies (1959) and A New Kind of Love (1963). He was married to Elizabeth Stevens and Mary McCoy. He died on July 23, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Mary McCoy (? - ?)
Elizabeth Stevens (? - 23 July 1970) (her death)

Trivia (6)

As a film composer he was nothing if not versatile. His work ranged from the classical, Sergei Rachmaninoff-inspired "Piano Concerto in C Minor" (performed by Artur Rubinstein with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra) for Night Song (1947) to the swinging jazz scores he created for The Wild One (1953) and Private Hell 36 (1954).
Was a co-founder of the Composers and Lyricists Guild of America and served as its president for eight years.
During World War II, he worked for the Office of War Information as musical director for the organisation's southwest Pacific radio programs.
American composer and arranger. He studied at Juilliard in the 1920's and first worked as a pianist for the Chicago Opera Company. From 1930, he was arranger/conductor for CBS. By 1938, Stevens fronted a big band for weekly CBS Saturday Night Swing Club broadcasts. In Hollywood from 1939, he worked as composer/arranger, coming more in demand after his composition, "American Rhapsody", achieved concert hall success in 1942.
(1937-42) Radio: Composed the score for the series "Big Town".
Suffered a fatal heart attack after being informed that his wife had been killed in an automobile accident.

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