Ken Darby (I) (1909–1992)

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Composer ("How the West Was Won"), songwriter ("Make Mine Music"), choral director, conductor, arranger, singer and author, educated at Christian College and a student of Tibor Serly, Ernst Toch, Herman Hand, and Victor Young. He originated The King's Men male vocal quartet in 1929 and appeared on radio, films, concerts, television and recordings. ... See full bio »

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Known For

The King and I Music Department
How the West Was Won Music Department
Porgy and Bess Music Department
Camelot Music Department


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 1968 The Night Before Christmas (TV Short)
 1959 Lawman (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Wayfarer (1959)
 1956-1958 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series) (76 episodes)
- The Puma (1958)
- The Cave (1958)
- Bad Medicine (1958)
 1958 The Californians (TV Series) (1 episode)
- China Doll (1958)
 1950 The Brave Engineer (Short)
 1948 Little Toot (Short)
 1948 Once Upon a Wintertime (Short)
 1946 Casey at the Bat (Short)
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Show Show Soundtrack (142 credits)
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Other Works:

Book: "Hollywood Holyland: The Filming and Scoring of 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' ". Metuchen, NJ; Scarecrow Press. ISBN-10: 0810825090; ISBN-13: 9780810825093 See more »

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Alternate Names:

Kenneth Darby | The King's Men | Ken Darby's Octet


Vera Matson  (his death)  (2 children)

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Personal Quote:

(When Walt Disney criticized his proposed score for The Legend of Johnny Appleseed (1948)): "That is just a cross section of one man's opinion."


His choral group, the Ken Darby Singers, sang backup for Bing Crosby on Crosby's original 78-RPM recording of "White Christmas." This version was not recorded directly from the soundtrack of Holiday Inn (1942), the 1942 movie for which composer Irving Berlin wrote the song. Soundtrack albums for live action films did not come into being until 1947.

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