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Les Baxter (I) (1922–1996)


Born March 14, 1922, at Mexia, Texas. He learned to play the piano at five years of age and studied at the Detroit Conservatory and at Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, California (his uncle was the college's first president). He began his career as a concert pianist but later joined Mel Tormé's "Meltones" in 1945. Baxter conducted a number of ... See full bio »
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Hitman: Agent 47
Hitman: Agent 47 Soundtrack
(2015)
Wild at Heart
Wild at Heart Soundtrack
(1990)
The Machinist
The Machinist Soundtrack
(2004)
Inherent Vice
Inherent Vice Soundtrack
(2014)

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 1997-1999 Lassie (TV Series) (composer - 17 episodes)
- The Graduation: Part 2 (1999) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Graduation: Part 1 (1999) ... (composer: theme music)
- Breakout (1999) ... (composer: theme music)
- Dog Gone It! (1999) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Great Emu Hunt (1999) ... (composer: theme music)
  The New Lassie (TV Series) (musician - 3 episodes, 1989) (composer - 1 episode, 1990)
- I'm Still Alive (1990) ... (composer: theme music)
- A Dog and His Boy (1989) ... (musician: whistle)
- Tinker (1989) ... (musician: whistle)
- New Generation ... (musician: whistle)
 1974 Savage Sisters (conductor)
 1972 Blood Sabbath (conductor - as Bax)
 1972 Frogs (music played by)
 1970 Cry of the Banshee (conductor: US version)
 1970 An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe (conductor)
 1969 Flareup (conductor)
 1967 The Young Rebel (conductor: US version - uncredited)
 1967 Sadismo (Documentary) (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1965 Attack of the Eye Creatures (TV Movie) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1965 Space Probe Taurus (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1965 The Wild Weird World of Dr. Goldfoot (TV Short) (musical director)
 1964 Pajama Party (musical director)
 1963 The Comedy of Terrors (conductor - uncredited)
 1963 Dementia 13 (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1963 Black Sabbath (conductor: US Version - uncredited)
 1963 The Terror (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1962 A House of Sand (composer: theme music)
 1958-1962 Lassie (TV Series) (composer - 148 episodes)
- Lassie and the Tiger (1962) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
- Elephant Sitters (1962) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
- Lassie and the Calf (1962) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
- Sanctuary (1962) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
- Lassie's Good Deed (1962) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1962/I Marco Polo (conductor: US version - uncredited)
 1962 Premature Burial (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1961 Master of the World (conductor)
 1960 The Best of the Post (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
- Command (1960) ... (conductor)
 1960 House of Usher (conductor - uncredited)
 1959 Nebo zovyot (composer: stock music (US Version - uncredited)
 1957 The Invisible Boy (conductor)
 1957 Bop Girl Goes Calypso (composer: song "Rovin' Gal, " "Calypso Boogie, " "Way Back in San Francisco, " "De Rain, " "Oo Ba Lo" and "Hard Rock Candy Baby")
 1957 The Storm Rider (conductor)
 1955 A Life at Stake (musical director)
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Other Works:

Single (as Les Baxter and the 101 Strings Orchestra): "La La La" / "Girl On The Boulevard" (A/S Records) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | See more »

Official Sites:

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Alternate Names:

Bax | Casanova
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Personal Quote:

Regarding his first album ("Music Out of the Moon"), which featured one cello, one French horn, a choir, rhythm section, and a theremin: "No one had ever heard of a combination like that. It was a little weird. I didn't know what popular records were. I didn't know what I was doing."

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Baxter's main orchestrators were his friend from college days Hall Daniels and English-born composer Albert Harris. See more »

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