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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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Known For

Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice Soundtrack
(1988)
Selma
Selma Soundtrack
(2014)
Skag
Skag Writer
(1980)
ABC Stage 67
ABC Stage 67 Writer
(1967)

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 2017 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Doink (2017) ... (writer: "Mama Look a Boo Boo" - uncredited)
 2017 Legends of Tomorrow (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Moonshot (2017) ... (lyrics: "The Banana Boat-Song (Day O)" - uncredited)
 2016 Tu cara me suena (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #5.11 (2016) ... (lyrics: "Day-O")
 2014 Selma (lyrics: "Day-O" - as William Attaway) / (writer: "Day-O")
 2011-2014 Todd's Pop Song Reviews (TV Series documentary) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Talk Dirty by Jason DeRulo (2014) ... (writer: "Don't Wanna Go Home")
- Party Rock Anthem (2011) ... (writer: "Don't Wanna Go Home")
 2014 Just Dance Kids 2014 (Video Game) (arranger: "Banana Boat Song (Day O)")
 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 (lyrics: "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" - as W. Attaway) / (writer: "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)")
 2011 Puzzled Love (writer: "Heart's a Mess" - as William Attaway)
 2011 Sing Your Song (Documentary) (lyrics: "Day-O") / (writer: "Day-O", "Jump Down Spin Around")
 2010 Los nuevos y clásicos bloopers (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 25 December 2010 (2010) ... (lyrics: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)")
 2007 Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (Documentary) (lyrics: "Day-O") / (writer: "Day-O")
 2004 Beyond the Sea (writer: "Jump Down, Spin Around" (1958))
 2001 Life and Debt (Documentary) (lyrics: "Day-O" (The Banana Boat Song))
 1997 An Evening with Harry Belafonte & Friends (TV Movie) (lyrics: "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)")
 1996 Squish Story (Documentary) (lyrics: "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)")
 1996 Tohuwabohu (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Reg. Nr. 27 (1996) ... (lyrics: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" - uncredited)
 1995 Kids (lyrics: "Day-O") / (writer: "Day-O")
 1989-1992 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (lyrics - 3 episodes)
- Being from Another Planet (1992) ... (lyrics: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)")
- Gamera vs. Gaos (1991) ... (lyrics: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)")
- SST: Death Flight (1989) ... (lyrics: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)")
 1991 Sebastian's Caribbean Jamboree (Video) (writer: "Day-O")
 1988 Night Court (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Night Court of the Living Dead (1988) ... (lyrics: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" - uncredited)
 1988 Designing Women (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Candidate (1988) ... (lyrics: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)")
 1988 Beetlejuice (lyrics: "Day-O") / (writer: "Day-O")
 1988 Hairspray (writer: "Day-O" - as William Attaway)
 1988 Frank's Place (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- The Bum Out Front (1988) ... (lyrics: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" - uncredited)
 1987 Go Go Live at the Capital Centre (Video) (lyrics: "Day-O")
 1987 Growing Pains (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Big Brother's Not Watching (1987) ... (lyrics: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" - uncredited)
 1985 Girls Just Want to Have Fun (lyrics: "Day-O (Banana Boat Song)" - as William Attaway) / (writer: "Day-O (Banana Boat Song)")
 1984 Mother's Meat & Freud's Flesh (lyrics: "Trio Theme - Banana Boat Song" - as William Attaway) / (writer: "Trio Theme - Banana Boat Song" - as Belafonte / Burgess / Attaway)
 1982 Mork & Mindy (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Gotta Run: Part 3 (1982) ... (lyrics: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" - uncredited)
 1979 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Harry Belafonte (1979) ... (lyrics: "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)" - uncredited)
 1976 Good Times (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Florida's Night Out (1976) ... (lyrics: "Day-O" - uncredited)
 1972 De Fred HachĂ© Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 (1972) ... (lyrics: "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" - uncredited)
 1957 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- Steve Allen (1957) ... (lyrics: "Banana Boat" - uncredited)
- Aldo Ray (1957) ... (lyrics: "Banana Boat" - 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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Trivia:

Brother of Ruth Attaway.

Nickname:

Bill

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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