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Ferde Grofé Sr. (1892–1972)

Ferde Grofé was born into a talented family. His father was a baritone and actor while his mother was a cellist and music teaching. Following numerous non-musical jobs, he was 17 when he wrote his first commissioned work. He played violin for the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra and jazz piano with Paul Whiteman and Orchestra, for which he also ... See full bio »

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Known For

Minstrel Man Composer
A Christmas Story Soundtrack
Thousands Cheer Soundtrack
Rhapsody in Blue Music Department


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 1958 Grand Canyon (Short documentary) (as Ferde Grofe, from "Grand Canyon Suite")
 1950 The Return of Jesse James (as Ferde Grofé)
 1950 Rocketship X-M (as Ferde Grofé)
 1944 Minstrel Man (uncredited)
 1937 Yankee Doodle Rhapsody (Short) (as Ferde Grofe)
 1935 Diamond Jim (uncredited)
 1930 Redemption
 1928 Early to Bed (Short)
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Other Works:

Works: "Mississippi Suite"; "Death Valley Suite", "Piano Concerto in D"; "Hollywood Suite"; "Wheels Suite"; "Symphony in Steel"; "World's Fair Suite" (the official suite of the 1964 NY World's Fair); "Three Shades of Blue"; "Knute Rockne"; "Killarney"; "Valley of Enchantment"; "New England Suite"; "Atlantic Crossing"; and "A Day at ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Ferde Grofe | Ferde Grofé | Ferde Grofe and His Radio Orchestra


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