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Meredith Willson (1902–1984)

Meredith Willson - musician, playwright and composer - was best known for the book, words, and music for The Music Man (1962). He wrote two other musical plays, including The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). Many of his songs are standards, including "You and I", "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You", "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas", "... See full bio »

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 2010-2014 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Pay Pal (2014) ... (writer: "Till There Was You" - uncredited)
- The Fight Before Christmas (2010) ... (writer: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas" - uncredited)
 2013 Call the Midwife (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Christmas Special (2013) ... (writer: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" - uncredited)
 2013 Behind the Candelabra (TV Movie) (writer: "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas")
 2012 Last Ounce of Courage (writer: "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas")
 2011 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (TV Movie) (writer: "Till There Was You")
 2010-2011 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #20.53 (2011) ... (writer: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" - uncredited)
- Episode #19.55 (2010) ... (writer: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" - uncredited)
 2011 Bernie (writer: "Seventy-Six Trombones")
 2011 Conan (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Death Takes a Time-Share (2011) ... (writer: "The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl")
 2011 The Music Never Stopped (writer: "Till There Was You")
 2010 Being Erica (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Fa La Erica (2010) ... (writer: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas")
 2010 Warehouse 13 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Secret Santa (2010) ... (writer: "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" - uncredited)
 2010 Sex and the City 2 (writer: "Till There Was You")
 2009 Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show (TV Short) (lyrics: "Shipoopi" - uncredited) / (music: "Shipoopi" - uncredited)
 2008 Four Christmases (writer: "It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas")
 2007 Radio City Christmas Spectacular (TV Movie) (writer: "It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas" - uncredited)
 2006 Family Guy (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Patriot Games (2006) ... ("Shipoopi")
 2006 Emily's First 100 Days of School (Video short) (writer: "76 Trombones")
 2004 The Polar Express (writer: "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas")
 2004 My Gift: Piolo Pascual First Time in Concert (Video documentary) (writer: "Till There Was You")
 2003 Duplex (writer: "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas" (1951))
  Great Performances (TV Series) (1 episode, 2003) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2001) (music - 1 episode, 2001)
- Broadway's Lost Treasures (2003) ... ("Trouble")
- My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs (2001) ... (lyrics: "'Til There Was You") / (music: "'Til There Was You")
 2003 Till There Was You ("Till There Was You")
 2003 The Music Man (TV Movie) (writer: "Rock Island", "Iowa Stubborn", "Ya Got Trouble", "Piano Lesson", "Goodnight My Someone", "Seventy-Six Trombones", "Sincere", "The Sadder But Wiser Girl", "Pick A Little Talk A Little", "Marian The Librarian", "Gary, Indiana", "My White Knight", "Wells Fargo Wagon", "Its You", "Lida Rose", "Shipoopi", "Till There Was You", "Goodnight Ladies", "Will I Ever Tell You")
 2001 The West Wing (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Bad Moon Rising (2001) ... (writer: "Wells Fargo Wagon" - uncredited)
 2000 The 54th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Seventy-six Trombones")
 1997-2000 Ally McBeal (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Ally McBeal: The Musical, Almost (2000) ... (writer: "Lida Rose")
- Sex, Lies and Politics (1999) ... (writer: "Ya Got Trouble")
- The Promise (1997) ... (writer: "Goodnight My Someone")
 1999 The Other Sister (writer: "76 Trombones")
 1998 The Wedding Singer (writer: "Til There Was You")
 1997 Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (writer: "Wells Fargo Wagon")
 1991-1997 Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (writer - 9 episodes)
- The Undead (1997) ... (writer: "76 Trombones", "Pickalittle (Talk-a-Little)" - uncredited)
- High School Big Shot (1994) ... (writer: "The Wells Fargo Wagon", "Marian the Librarian")
- Last of the Wild Horses (1994) ... (writer: "The Wells Fargo Wagon")
- Code Name: Diamond Head (1994) ... (writer: "Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little")
- Village of the Giants (1994) ... (writer: "The Wells Fargo Wagon")
 1996 Dollywood: A Memory Worth Repeating (Video documentary) (writer: "We Wish You A Merry Christmas/Silver Bells/It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas/Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride")
 1995 The Beatles Anthology (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer: "Till There Was You")
 1995 The American President ("It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas")
 1994 Miracle on 34th Street (writer: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas")
 1994 Bara du & jag (writer: "Just You, Just Me")
 1993 Nurses (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Send in the Gowns (1993) ... (writer: "Goodnight Ladies" - uncredited)
 1993 Lipstick on Your Collar (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1993) ... (writer: "I See The Moon")
 1992 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (writer: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" - as Meredith Wilson)
 1991 Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros. (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "76 Trombones" - uncredited)
 1991 Parker Lewis Can't Lose (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Undergraduate (1991) ... (writer: "Ya Got Trouble", "Seventy-six Trombones")
 1991 Till There Was You (writer: "TILL THERE WAS YOU")
 1991 The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit (Video documentary) (writer: "Till There Was You")
 1989 Bordertown (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Nahanni (1989) ... (writer: "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You")
 1987 Radio Days (writer: "You and I" (1941))
 1986 Moonlighting (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- It's a Wonderful Job (1986) ... (writer: "It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas")
 1986 Mr. Belvedere (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Debut (1986) ... (writer: "Till There Was You" - uncredited)
 1986 The Facts of Life (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Lady Who Came to Dinner (1986) ... ("Till There Was You", uncredited)
  Girls on Top (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1985) (music - 1 episode, 1985)
- Skankin' (1985) ... (lyrics: "76 Trombones") / (music: "76 Trombones")
  Fame (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode, 1983) (music - 1 episode, 1983)
- U.N. Week (1983) ... (lyrics: "Ya Got Trouble") / (music: "Ya Got Trouble")
 1981 A Chipmunk Christmas (TV Movie) (writer: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas")
 1981 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 11 August 1981 (1981) ... (writer: "Till There Was You" - uncredited)
 1978 I Wanna Hold Your Hand (writer: "Till There Was You")
 1978 M*A*S*H (TV Series) (music - 1 episode)
- Your Hit Parade (1978) ... (music: "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You")
 1971/I Monsanto Presents Mancini (TV Special) (performer: "76 Trombones") / (writer: "76 Trombones", "Ya Got Trouble")
 1969 Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey: On Broadway (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Seventy-Six Trombones") / (music: "Seventy-Six Trombones")
 1967 The Lawrence Welk Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Music! Music! Music! (1967) ... (writer: "Lida Rose" - uncredited)
 1966 The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 17 February 1966 (1966) ... (writer: "Ya Got Trouble" - uncredited)
 1964 The Unsinkable Molly Brown (lyrics: "HE'S MY FRIEND" - uncredited) / (music: "HE'S MY FRIEND" - uncredited)
 1964 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #17.19 (1964) ... (writer: "Till There Was You" - uncredited)
 1962 The Music Man (lyrics: "Main Title" (1957), "Ya Got Trouble" (1957), "Piano Lesson" (1957), "If You Don't Mind My Saying So" (1957), "Goodnight, My Someone" (1957), "76 Trombones" (1957), "Sincere" (1957), "Sadder But Wiser Girl For Me" (1957), "Marian The Librarian" (1957), "Gary, Indiana" (1957), "Being in Love" (1957), "Wells Fargo Wagon" (1957), "Lida Rose" (1957), "Will I Ever Tell You" (1957), "Pick a Little, Talk a Little" (1957), "Shipoopi" (1957), "Till There Was You" (1957), "Goodnight My Someone" (1957) - uncredited) / (music: "Main Title" (1957), "Ya Got Trouble" (1957), "Piano Lesson" (1957), "If You Don't Mind My Saying So" (1957), "Goodnight, My Someone" (1957), "76 Trombones" (1957), "Sincere" (1957), "Sadder But Wiser Girl For Me" (1957), "Marian The Librarian" (1957), "Gary, Indiana" (1957), "Being in Love" (1957), "Wells Fargo Wagon" (1957), "Lida Rose" (1957), "Will I Ever Tell You" (1957), "Pick a Little, Talk a Little" (1957), "Shipoopi" (1957), "Till There Was You" (1957), "Goodnight My Someone" (1957) - uncredited)
 1959-1960 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (writer - 3 episodes)
- Episode #13.11 (1960) ... (writer: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" - uncredited)
- Episode dated 23 November 1960 (1960) ... (writer: "Keep-a-Hoppin'" - uncredited)
- Episode dated 16 December 1959 (1959) ... (writer: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" - uncredited)
 1959 The Dick Clark Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #2.45 (1959) ... (writer: "Till There Was You" - uncredited)
 1957 The Lux Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.8 (1957) ... (writer: "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You")
 1956 You Bet Your Life (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #6.30 (1956) ... (writer: "You And I")
 1944 The Negro Soldier (Documentary short) (writer: "Hit the Leather" - uncredited)
 1941 The Little Foxes (lyrics: "Never Too Weary to Pray" (1941) - uncredited) / (music: "Never Too Weary to Pray" (1941) - uncredited)
 1928 The Cavalier (lyrics: "My Cavalier")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

What Every Musician Should Know (booklet), Robbins, 1938. See more »

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Personal Quote:

. . .when you start a play and you type 'Act one, scene one, ' your writing is every bit as good as Arthur Miller or Eugene O'Neill or anyone. It's that fifth word where amateurs start to go wrong.

Trivia:

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 885-887. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998. See more »

Star Sign:

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