David Rose

Biography

Born: June 15, 1910; London, England   Died: August 23, 1990; Burbank, CA  
David Rose was one of the most popular and distinctive mainstream instrumental pop composers of the '40s,'50s and '60s, writing a number of pieces that became part of the nation's collective memory. From "Holiday for Strings" to "The Stripper," his music was usually distinguished by a loose, humorous approach, where the strings mimicked voices and the horns and percussion were alternately swinging and supportive. In addition to those two Read more signature songs, Rose composed scores for many films and television programs, including Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie.

Born in London, Rose and his family moved to the United States when he was four years old. As a teenager, he studied at the Chicago College of Music; after he graduated at the age of 16, he joined a dance band led by Ted Fio Rito. He stayed with Rito for three years, then he began working as a standby pianist for NBC Radio. Rose was employed by NBC for most of the '30s as an arranger, conductor and pianist, though he also did work outside of the network. Most notably, he arranged Benny Goodman's hit "It's Been So Long" in 1936.

Rose left New York in 1938 for Hollywood. Shortly after arriving in California, he assembled the David Rose Orchestra for the Mutual Broadcast System, where he also conducted a program called California Melodies. That same year, he met and married Martha Raye, who he accompanied on her hit single "Melancholy Mood." However, their union lasted less than a year and he soon began a relationship with Judy Garland which led to marriage in 1941; the couple divorced in 1945.

In 1941, MGM Studios hired Rose as a musical director. At MGM, he wrote scores for films starring Doris Day, Don Ameche, Esther Williams, Dorothy Lamour, and Martha Raye. "Holiday for Strings," which became one of his trademark tunes, became a major hit in 1943. It was a hit while Rose was performing military service in World War II. During the war, he was a composer and conductor for the U.S. Army and Air Force's musical Winged Victory, which was turned into a movie in 1944. That same year, "So in Love" -- a song he wrote with lyricist Leo Robin -- was nominated for an Oscar after appearing in the Danny Kaye film Wonder Man.

Once the war was finished, Rose became a regular on Red Skelton's radio program, which frequently featured "Holiday for Strings." Rose also appeared on Skelton's television show, which began in the early '50s.

Television became the next medium Rose conquered, as he provided theme music to over 20 TV series during the '50s,'60s, and early '70s. Most notably, he composed the music for Bonanza for 14 years, which earned him several Emmy awards. In the late '50s and early '60s, he provided the music for three critically acclaimed and popular Fred Astaire television specials.

In the late '50s, Rose began releasing albums, which alternated between collections of show tunes, film themes and mood music. He also dabbled with Calypso, which resulted in a minor hit single, "Calypso Melody," in 1957. Rose also arranged and provided accompaniment for pop hits, most notably Connie Francis' 1959 single "My Happiness." However, his biggest pop chart success was with one of his own records in 1962. Taken from the television program Burlesque, Rose's jaunty, comical "The Stripper" became a smash single, climbing to number one on the U.S. charts. The accompanying album, The Stripper and Other Fun Songs for the Family, was also a hit, peaking at number three. Though he released over 50 albums throughout his career, no other LP of his reached the charts.

During the '70s, he composed the music for Little House on Prairie, which was nearly as well-received as his scores for Bonanza. Rose also conducted a number of symphony concerts during the decade, as well as recording the occasional album. Though his activity slowed considerably in the '80s, he still released a handful of albums and performed a couple of concerts. David Rose died in 1990. Read less
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  • 1.
    The Golden Age of Light Music: The Composer Conducts, Vol. 3
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5214 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Faith,  Rudolf Friml,  Leroy Anderson,  Hal Mooney  ... 
    Conductor:  Percy Faith,  Rudolf Friml,  Leroy Anderson,  Hal Mooney  ... 
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  • 2.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Ca C'est Paris
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5207 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José Padilla,  Vernon Duke,  Roger Roger,  Guy Lafarge  ... 
    Conductor:  Jos Cleber,  Robert Farnon,  Roger Roger,  Hal Mooney  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Telecast Ensemble
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Lost Transcriptions, Vol. 4
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5208 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicholas Brodszky,  David Rose,  Lew Brown,  Frederic Bayco  ... 
    Performer:  Vincent Abato,  Stan Freeman,  Richard Hayman
    Conductor:  David Rose,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Carl Chandler,  Harry Bluestone  ... 
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    The Golden Age of Light Music: Fiddles and Bows
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5201 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emile Deltour,  Dorothy Fields,  Cole Porter,  Steve Race  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Roger,  Robert Farnon,  Frederick Fennell,  Steve Race  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Melody Mixture
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5197 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dolf van der Linden,  Henry Mancini,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Dimitri Tiomkin  ... 
    Performer:  Tommy Reilly
    Conductor:  Ludo Philipp,  Frank Cordell,  Wal-Berg,  Wally Stott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fred Hartley Music
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: A Glorious Century Of Light Music
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5200 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerome Kern,  Vernon Duke,  Ron Goodwin,  Jule Styne  ... 
    Conductor:  Cyril Ornadel,  Paul Mauriat,  Ron Goodwin,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Three Great American Light Orchestras
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5199 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Rudi Revil,  Percy Faith,  Xavier Cugat  ... 
    Performer:  Ray Turner
    Conductor:  Percy Faith,  David Rose,  Paul Weston
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  • 8.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Melodies For The Starlight Hours
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5196 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Katscher,  Jerome Kern,  Frederick Loewe,  Hubert Giraud  ... 
    Performer:  Steve Race,  Harry Pitch
    Conductor:  Laurie Johnson,  Buddy Bregman,  Percy Faith,  Andre Kostelanetz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferrante & Teicher
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    Golden Age Of Light Music: Invitation To The Dance
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5210 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Alexandre Luigini,  William Blezard,  Jack Egan  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Renzi
    Conductor:  Dolf van der Linden,  Michael Freedman,  Cedric Dumont,  Harry Davidson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helmut Zacharias and His Magic Violins
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  • 10.
    Golden Age Of Light Music: Strings Afire
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5191 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herman Clebanoff,  George Gershwin,  Herman Hupfeld,  Ron Goodwin  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Williams
    Conductor:  Herman Clebanoff,  Frederick Fennell,  Roger Williams,  Cyril Stapleton  ... 
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  • 11.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Art Of The Arranger, Vol. 2
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5193 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Jack Strachey,  George Forrest,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Gordon Jenkins
    Conductor:  Buddy Bregman,  Angela Morley,  David Rose,  Cyril Ornadel  ... 
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  • 12.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Stereo Into The Sixties
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5192 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Herman Clebanoff,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Ron Goodwin  ... 
    Performer:  Russ Conway,  Neill Sanders
    Conductor:  Frederick Fennell,  Herman Clebanoff,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Ron Goodwin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferrante & Teicher
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  • 13.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Holidays For Strings
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5189 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Richard Whiting / W. Fran,  George Gershwin,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Conductor:  Leroy Anderson,  Jack Shaindlin,  Frederick Fennell,  David Carroll  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clebanoff Strings,  Music of the Mountains
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Art Of The Arranger, Vol. 1
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5188 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Con Conrad,  Frederick Loewe,  Ray Henderson  ... 
    Performer:  Jack Laroque
    Conductor:  Hal Mooney,  Buddy Bregman,  Cyril Ornadel,  Morton Gould  ... 
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  • 15.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Light & Easy
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5187 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Kurt Weill,  Cole Porter,  Harry Rabinowitz  ... 
    Performer:  Ronnie Chamberlain
    Conductor:  Leroy Anderson,  Curt Andersen,  Dolf van der Linden,  Mahlon Merrick  ... 
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  • 16.
    Golden Age Of Light Music - A Second A-Z Of Light Music
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5182 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Graeme Stuart,  Toni Leutwiler,  J. George Johnson,  Cecil Milner  ... 
    Performer:  Mitch Miller
    Conductor:  Curt Andersen,  Percy Faith,  Harry Davidson,  Sidney Torch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Regent Classic Orchestra,  Symphonia Orchestra,  New World Theatre Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Lost Transcriptions, Vol. 3
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5184 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sydney Baynes,  Noel Coward,  Jonny Heynkens,  Cole Porter  ... 
    Performer:  Denny Vaughan
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Al Orchestra Sack,  Van Phillips,  Peter Yorke  ... 
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  • 18.
    The  Golden Age Of Light Music: Portrait Of My Love
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5179 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cyril Ornadel,  Eric Coates,  Cole Porter,  Sammy Fain  ... 
    Performer:  Cyril Ornadel,  Danish State Radio Orchestra,  Victor Silvester,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani  ... 
    Conductor:  Cyril Ornadel,  Robert Farnon,  Victor Silvester,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani  ... 
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  • 19.
    Golden Age Of Light Music - The Composer Conducts Vol 1
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5177 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ron Goodwin,  Gérard Calvi,  Angela Morley,  Cedric Dumont  ... 
    Performer:  His Concert Orchestra,  Ron Goodwin,  Gérard Calvi,  Telecast Orchestra  ... 
    Conductor:  Ron Goodwin,  Gérard Calvi,  Angela Morley,  Cedric Dumont  ... 
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  • 20.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Lost Transcriptions, Vol. 1
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5174 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Jerome Kern,  Edward B. Claypoole,  David Rose  ... 
    Performer:  Lou Whiteson
    Conductor:  Sidney Torch,  Percy Faith,  David Rose,  Dolf van der Linden  ... 
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  • 21.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: The Pianist In The Spotlight
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5173 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Craig,  Nicholas Brodszky,  Marvin Fisher,  David Rose  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Williams,  Paul Weston,  George Shearing,  David Rose  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Williams,  Paul Weston,  Billy May,  David Rose  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Billy Mayerl Rhythm Ensemble,  Pall Mall Revellers,  Carroll Gibbons & His Boy Friends
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  • 22.
    Golden Age Of Light Music - Lightly Classical
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5172 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Claude Debussy,  Gustav Holst,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Challet,  Angela Morley,  Sir William Walton,  Frank De Vol  ... 
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  • 23.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: War And Peace - Light Music Of The 1940s
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5171 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Belton,  Hoagy Carmichael,  Eric Coates,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Performer:  Laurance Turner,  Peggy Cochrane,  Henry Bronkhurst,  Guy Fletcher
    Conductor:  Charles Shadwell,  Percy Faith,  Eric Coates,  Sir William Walton  ... 
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  • 24.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: A First A-Z Of Light Music
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5169 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vivian Ellis,  George Forrest,  David Rose,  Aldo Von Pinelli  ... 
    Performer:  Queen's Hall Light Orchestra,  Warren Barker and His Orchestra,  David & His Orchestra Rose,  Hans-Georg Arlt Orchestra  ... 
    Conductor:  Sidney Torch,  Warren Barker,  David Rose,  Hans-Georg Arlt  ... 
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  • 25.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music - Magical Melodies
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5170 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Farnon,  Joseph Kuhn,  Josef Myrow,  Willy Berking  ... 
    Performer:  Dolores Ventura
    Conductor:  Leslie Jones,  John Scott Trotter,  Hans-Georg Arlt,  Buddy Bregman  ... 
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