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Billy May (I) (1916–2004)

Distinguished multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter, arranger, conductor and songwriter whose instantly-recognizable style remains a longtime trademark. The son of a roofer and a youthful asthmatic, his physician advised therapy through playing the tuba. In his school band, he developed an appreciation of the other instruments and became a self-taught... See full bio »

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Known For

The Green Hornet Music Department
(2011)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Soundtrack
(2003)
Taxi Soundtrack
(2004)
21 Jump Street Soundtrack
(2012)

Filmography

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 2011 The Green Hornet (composer: original theme)
 2004 Beyond the Sea (music arranger) / (orchestrator)
 1999 The Stan Freberg Commercials (Video) (conductor: "The Great American Soup!") / (music arranger: "The Great American Soup!")
 1991 For the Boys (music adaptor - uncredited)
 1991 The Rocketeer (additional orchestrator)
 1991 Once Around (orchestrator)
 1989 Field of Dreams (additional orchestrator)
 1988 Cocoon: The Return (orchestrator)
 1987 *batteries not included (orchestrator)
 1985 Cocoon (orchestrator)
 1984 All of Me (orchestrator)
 1984 Swing Shift (orchestrator: Patrick Williams)
 1984 Racing with the Moon (orchestrator)
 1983 After MASH (TV Series) (orchestrator - 1 episode)
- Little Broadcast of '53 (1983) ... (orchestrator)
 1983 The Star Chamber (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1982 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (dance orchestrator)
 1981 Pennies from Heaven (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1981/I Taps (conductor - uncredited)
 1980 Airplane! (orchestrator)
 1978 The Cheap Detective (orchestrator)
 1977 The Carpenters at Christmas (TV Special) (musical arrangements) / (musical director)
 1977 The Greatest (orchestrator)
 1977 Tail Gunner Joe (TV Movie) (conductor) / (music arranger)
 1974 The Front Page (music adaptor)
 1970 Tora! Tora! Tora! (music arranger - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1969 Mitzi's 2nd Special (TV Movie) (music arranger)
 1968 Lady in Cement (orchestrator)
 1967-1968 Batman (TV Series) (composer - 26 episodes)
- Minerva, Mayhem and Millionaires (1968) ... (composer: Batgirl theme)
- The Entrancing Dr. Cassandra (1968) ... (composer: Batgirl theme)
- The Joker's Flying Saucer (1968) ... (composer: Batgirl theme)
- I'll Be a Mummy's Uncle (1968) ... (composer: Batgirl theme)
- The Great Train Robbery (1968) ... (composer: Batgirl theme)
 1967 Tony Rome (conductor)
 1966 The Green Hornet (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Give 'Em Enough Rope (1966) ... (composer: theme music)
 1966 A Fine Madness (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1965 Barney (TV Movie) (musical director)
 1964 The Pleasure Seekers (orchestrator)
 1963 Johnny Cool (conductor)
 1958-1962 Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown (TV Series) (composer - 156 episodes)
- Whipper Snapper Snipper (1962) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Tip Top Bell Hop (1962) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- The Big Cake Bake (1962) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Texas Stranger Danger (1962) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Teeny Weeny Meany (1962) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
  Naked City (TV Series) (composer - 49 episodes, 1960 - 1962) (conductor - 1 episode, 1961)
- Hold for Gloria Christmas (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
- Goodbye Mama, Hello Auntie Maud (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
- Memory of a Red Trolley Car (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Rydecker Case (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
- The King of Venus Will Take Care of You (1962) ... (composer: theme music)
 1961 Acapulco (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Bell's Half Acre (1961) ... (composer: theme music)
 1961 Bobby Darin and Friends (TV Special) (musical director)
 1958-1959 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series) (musical director - 2 episodes)
- April Fool's Day (1959) ... (musical director)
- Episode dated 3 December 1958 (1958) ... (musical director)
 1958 St. Louis Blues (orchestrator)
 1957 Bernardine (orchestrator)
 1957 This Could Be the Night (orchestrator)
 1957 The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (music conductor)
 1956 Nightmare (music arranger) / (vocal arranger)
 1956 A Kiss Before Dying (orchestrator)
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series) (arrangements - 2 episodes)
- It's a Most Unusual Day (1956) ... (arrangements)
- Prima Donna (1956) ... (arrangements)
 1955 Climax! (TV Series) (arrangements - 1 episode)
- One Night Stand (1955) ... (arrangements)
 1955 Daddy Long Legs (orchestrator)
 1951 The Woody Woodpecker Polka (Short) (composer: song - uncredited)
 1946 Home, Sweet Homicide (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1944 Meet Miss Bobby Socks (orchestrator - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Arrangements for the Boston Pops Orchestra. See more »

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Trivia:

Musical director for CBS Radio's "The Stan Freberg Show" (1957). See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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