David Rose

David Rose

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David Rose
Music: South side of the 6500 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Composer | Musician
Born June 15, 1910 in London, United Kingdom
Died Aug. 23, 1990 of heart failure in Burbank, Calif.

The London-born David Rose recorded more than 50 albums, scored 36 films and composed themes and background music for 24 television series, including "Highway Patrol," "Sea Hunt," "Bonanza" and "Highway to Heaven."

Rose earned an Oscar nomination for the 1961 song "So in Love," written for Frank Sinatra in the movie "Wonder Man."

He won four Emmys — two for "Little House on the Prairie" and one each for "Bonanza" and "The Fred Astaire Show."

Rose took home five Grammys — for "Holiday for Strings," "Our Waltz," "The Stripper" and the "Like Young" and "Like Blue" albums with Andre Previn.

He racked up six gold records —"Holiday for Strings," "The Stripper," "Calypso Melody," "Dance of the Spanish Onion" and the "Like Young" and "Like Blue" albums.

Rose studied piano as a child and began his career at 16, playing for Ted Fiorito's dance band in Chicago. While studying at the Chicago College of Music, he served as standby pianist for NBC radio and began arranging music.

Invited to Hollywood, he formed the David Rose Orchestra for Mutual Broadcasting System, arranging the music for a show called "California Melodies."

Rose and actress-singer Judy Garland, after announcing their engagement in June, 1941, eloped to Las Vegas later that year. The marriage lasted one year.

Rose broke into television with Red Skelton's show in 1947 and soon added Hallmark and the Jack Benny and Bob Hope shows.

"The Stripper" came about in 1962, when Rose was working on a show called "Burlesque" that needed music for a strip act happening onstage while stars Dan Dailey and Joan Blondell argued in a dressing room. He dashed off eight bars, titled it and let the band clown around with it. The impromptu idea topped the charts.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1944 Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture The Princess and the Pirate Nomination
    1945 Best Song "So in Love" from Wonder Man Nomination*
    * A joint nomination shared with other people.

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