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Ray Evans (I) (1915–2007)

Academy Award-winning songwriter ("Buttons and Bows" [1948], "Mona Lisa" [1950], "Que Sera Sera" [1956]), composer, author, musician and publisher, educated at the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career in the college dance orchestra, then played in local night clubs and cruise ships. He wrote special material for ... See full bio »

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 2004 Helter Skelter (TV Movie) (composer: song "Whatever Will Be, Will Be")
 1995 Bonanza: Under Attack (TV Movie) (composer: original theme)
 1993 Bonanza: The Return (TV Movie) (composer: theme "Bonanza")
 1988 Bonanza: The Next Generation (TV Movie) (composer: original theme "Bonanza")
 1968-1973 The Doris Day Show (TV Series) (composer - 128 episodes)
- Byline, Alias Doris (1973) ... (composer: theme music - as Evans)
- Welcome to Big Sur, Sir (1973) ... (composer: theme music - as Evans)
- Meant for Each Other (1973) ... (composer: theme music - as Evans)
- The Magnificent Fraud (1973) ... (composer: theme music - as Evans)
- A Small Cure for Big Alimony (1973) ... (composer: theme music - as Evans)
 1959-1973 Bonanza (TV Series) (composer - 373 episodes)
- The Hunter (1973) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Marriage of Theodora Duffy (1973) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Witness (1973) ... (composer: theme music)
- First Love (1972) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Bucket Dog (1972) ... (composer: theme music)
  The Good Guys (TV Series) (composer - 41 episodes, 1968 - 1970) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1969)
- Art A La Carte (1970) ... (composer: theme music)
- Compulsion (1970) ... (composer: theme music)
- Deep Are the Roots (1970) ... (composer: theme music)
- A Fine Kettle of Fish (1970) ... (composer: theme music)
- Communications Gap (1969) ... (composer: theme music)
 1965-1966 Tammy (TV Series) (composer - 26 episodes)
- Uncle Lucius, the Businessman (1966) ... (composer: theme music)
- Uncle Lucius Returns (1966) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Cinemazation of Tammy Tarleton (1966) ... (composer: theme music)
- Tammy Goes to Paris (1966) ... (composer: theme music)
- Larnin' Works Wonders (1966) ... (composer: theme music)
 1961-1965 Mister Ed (TV Series) (composer - 7 episodes)
- Jon Provost Meets Mister Ed (1965) ... (composer: theme music)
- Ed's Christmas Story (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Price of Apples (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- Psychoanalyst Show (1961) ... (composer: theme music)
- Busy Wife (1961) ... (composer: theme music)
 1960 The Bugs Bunny Show (TV Series) (composer: theme song "This Is It")
 1959 A Private's Affair (songs)
 1954 Satins and Spurs (TV Movie) (composer: songs "Whoop-Diddy-Ay, I've Had Enough", "Little Rock Roll")
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I'm nuts about sports, play baseball and tennis every weekend. Jay [Livingston] couldn't care less. He's restrained and quiet. I'm more outward-going. Jay is a marvelous musician. I have a tin ear. But our tastes are similar, and we both like good music and song. (from an interview for the Los Angeles Times, 1985)


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