David Rose

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Born: June 15, 1910 | Died: August 23, 1990    Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

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 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....
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Television Little House on the Prairie
Highway to Heaven
Father Murphy

Broadway Winged Victory

Military United States Army Air Forces

Singles Holiday For Strings { US # 2, 1944 }
Poinciana (Song Of The Tree) US # 11, 1944
Cimarron/Spellbound (1960) Did Not Chart
The Stripper { US # 1, 1962 }
Theme From The Bible (Did Not Chart)

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