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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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 2014 The Wrong Mans (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- X-Mans (2014) ... (writer: "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" - uncredited)
 2014 Tidsrejsen (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Askesky (2014) ... (writer: "It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas" - as Willson)
  Great Performances (TV Series) (1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2014) (lyrics - 1 episode, 2001) (music - 1 episode, 2001)
- Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem (2014) ... (writer: "Till There Was You" - uncredited)
- Broadway's Lost Treasures (2003) ... ("Trouble")
- My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs (2001) ... (lyrics: "'Til There Was You") / (music: "'Til There Was You")
 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 Kirstie's Crafty Christmas (TV Movie) (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 BBC Proms (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Prom 59: John Wilson on Broadway (2012) ... (writer: "Ya Got Trouble")
 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 Kirstie's Handmade Britain (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Kirstie's Handmade Christmas (2011) ... (writer: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" - uncredited)
 2011 Conan (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Death Takes a Time-Share (2011) ... (writer: "The Sadder-But-Wiser Girl")
 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)
 2009 Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show (TV Short) (lyrics: "Shipoopi" - uncredited) / (music: "Shipoopi" - uncredited)
 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")
 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 - 4 episodes)
- Ally McBeal: The Musical, Almost (2000) ... (writer: "Lida Rose" - uncredited)
- Troubled Water (1999) ... (writer: "Lida Rose")
- Sex, Lies and Politics (1999) ... (writer: "Ya Got Trouble")
- The Promise (1997) ... (writer: "Goodnight My Someone")
 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")
 1995 The Beatles Anthology (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer: "Till There Was You")
 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")
 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")
 1989 Bordertown (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Nahanni (1989) ... (writer: "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You")
 1987 The 41st Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (writer: "Till There Was You", "Seventy-Six Trombones")
 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 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 Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.22 (1966) ... (writer: "Ya Got Trouble" - uncredited)
 1965 The Danny Kaye Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.10 (1965) ... (writer: "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You")
 1960-1964 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #17.19 (1964) ... (writer: "Till There Was You" - uncredited)
- Episode #13.29 (1960) ... (writer: "It's Easter Time")
 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 #13.8 (1960) ... (writer: "Keep-a-Hoppin'" - uncredited)
- Episode #12.10 (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")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

The Music Man (novel based on musical), Pyramid, 1962. 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.

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

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