Vera Matson Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Nebraska, USA
Died in Sherman Oaks, California, USA
Birth NameVera Almeda Matson

Mini Bio (1)

Wife of Ken Darby, composer, vocal arranger ("The Wizard of Oz", "How The West Was Won") who was best known for his choral arrangements for film adaptations of Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway musicals ("South Pacific", "Flower Drum Song", "The King & I", "Carousel") during a long association with 20th Century Fox.

Darby wrote the songs for the soundtrack of Elvis Presley's first film, "Love Me Tender". The melody for the title song was written in the Civil War era for a song called "Aura Lee", with Darby composing new lyrics. Although he did not wish to be credited on any of these songs but did wish to earn royalties for them, he credited them under the pseudonym Vera Matson, his wife's maiden name. She is also credited as having written the lyrics to the theme to the 1964 "Daniel Boone" TV show, but whether it was again Darby who actually wrote the lyrics is unknown.

The two enjoyed a sixty-year marriage, which ended upon Darby's death in 1992.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: KingOfFuh

Spouse (1)

Ken Darby (1932 - 24 January 1992) (his death) (2 children)

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