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Billy May (I) (1916–2004)

Distinguished multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter, arranger, conductor and songwriter whose instantly-recognizable style remains a longtime trademark. The son of a roofer and a youthful asthmatic, his physician advised therapy through playing the tuba. In his school band, he developed an appreciation of the other instruments and became a self-taught... See full bio »

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 2011 The Green Hornet (composer: original theme)
 2004 Beyond the Sea (music arranger) / (orchestrator)
 1999 The Stan Freberg Commercials (Video) (conductor: "The Great American Soup!") / (music arranger: "The Great American Soup!")
 1991 For the Boys (music adaptor - uncredited)
 1991 The Rocketeer (additional orchestrator)
 1991 Once Around (orchestrator)
 1989 Field of Dreams (additional orchestrator)
 1988 Cocoon: The Return (orchestrator)
 1987 *batteries not included (orchestrator)
 1985 Cocoon (orchestrator)
 1984 All of Me (orchestrator)
 1984 Swing Shift (orchestrator: Patrick Williams)
 1984 Racing with the Moon (orchestrator)
 1983 After MASH (TV Series) (orchestrator - 1 episode)
- Little Broadcast of '53 (1983) ... (orchestrator)
 1982 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (dance orchestrator)
 1981 Pennies from Heaven (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1978 The Cheap Detective (orchestrator)
 1977 Tail Gunner Joe (TV Movie) (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1974 The Front Page (music adaptor)
 1970 Tora! Tora! Tora! (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1969 Mitzi's 2nd Special (TV Movie) (music arranger)
 1968 Lady in Cement (orchestrator)
 1967-1968 Batman (TV Series) (composer - 26 episodes)
- Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires (1968) ... (composer: Batgirl theme)
- The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra (1968) ... (composer: Batgirl theme)
- The Joker's Flying Saucer (1968) ... (composer: Batgirl theme)
- I'll Be a Mummy's Uncle (1968) ... (composer: Batgirl theme)
- The Great Train Robbery (1968) ... (composer: Batgirl theme)
 1967 Tony Rome (conductor)
 1966 The Green Hornet (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Give 'Em Enough Rope (1966) ... (composer: theme music)
 1966 A Fine Madness (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1965 Barney (TV Movie) (musical director)
 1964 The Pleasure Seekers (orchestrator)
  Naked City (TV Series) (composer - 49 episodes, 1960 - 1962) (conductor - 1 episode, 1961)
- Hold for Gloria Christmas (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
- Goodbye Mama, Hello Auntie Maud (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
- Memory of a Red Trolley Car (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Rydecker Case (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
- The King of Venus Will Take Care of You (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
 1958-1962 Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown (TV Series) (composer - 156 episodes)
- Whipper Snapper Snipper (1962) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Tip Top Bell Hop (1962) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- The Big Cake Bake (1962) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Texas Stranger Danger (1962) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Teeny Weeny Meany (1962) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1961 Acapulco (TV Series) (composer: theme music)
 1961 Bobby Darin and Friends (TV Movie) (musical director)
 1957 The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (music conductor)
 1957 Bernardine (orchestrator)
 1957 This Could Be the Night (orchestrator)
 1956 A Kiss Before Dying (orchestrator)
 1956 Nightmare (music arranger) / (vocal arranger)
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series) (arrangements - 2 episodes)
- It's a Most Unusual Day (1956) ... (arrangements)
- Prima Donna (1956) ... (arrangements)
 1955 Climax! (TV Series) (arrangements - 1 episode)
- One Night Stand (1955) ... (arrangements)
 1955 Daddy Long Legs (orchestrator)
 1951 The Woody Woodpecker Polka (Short) (composer: song - uncredited)
 1946 Home, Sweet Homicide (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1944 Meet Miss Bobby Socks (orchestrator - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Comedy albums with Stan Freberg: "History of the United States, Volume 1: The Early Years" (1961); "History of the United States, Volume 2" (1996). See more »

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Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1988. See more »

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