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William A. Attaway (1911–1986)

Composer, writer, author, and arranger, educated at the University of Illinois (BA). He joined ASCAP in 1956 and arranged folk music. He authored "Let Me Breathe Thunder", and "Blood on the Forge". His song compositions include: "Noah" and "Jump Down, Spin Around". See full bio »

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 2014 Selma (writer: "Day-O" - as William Attaway)
 2013 The Great Gatsby (writer: "Hearts A Mess" - as William Attaway)
 2012 The X Factor (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Live Show 1 (2012) ... (writer: "Don't Wanna Go Home")
 2012 The Sapphires (writer: "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" - as W. Attaway)
 2011 Sing Your Song (Documentary) (writer: "Day-O", "Jump Down Spin Around")
 2010 Puzzled Love (writer: "Heart's a Mess" - as William Attaway)
 2007 Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (Documentary) (writer: "Day-O")
 2004 Beyond the Sea (writer: "Jump Down, Spin Around" (1958))
 1995 Kids (writer: "Day-O" - as W. Attaway)
 1989-1992 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Being from Another Planet (1992) ... (writer: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)")
- Gamera vs. Gaos (1991) ... (writer: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)")
- SST: Death Flight (1989) ... (writer: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)")
 1988 Designing Women (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Candidate (1988) ... ("Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)")
 1988 Beetlejuice (writer: "Day-O")
 1988 Hairspray (writer: "Day-O" - as William Attaway)
 1987 Growing Pains (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Big Brother's Not Watching (1987) ... (writer: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" - uncredited)
 1979 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Harry Belafonte (1979) ... (writer: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" - uncredited)
 1976 Good Times (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Florida's Night Out (1976) ... (writer: "Day-O" - uncredited)
 1972 De Fred Haché Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 (1972) ... (writer: "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" - uncredited)
 1957 The Nat King Cole Show (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #1.12 (1957) ... ("Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)", uncredited)
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Brother of Ruth Attaway.



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