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Donald Walker

Stage & Screen Artist
Born October 8, 1906, Lambertville, New Jersey
Died September 12, 1989

Don Walker is regarded one on the greatest arrangers and orchestrators of American musical theater He orchestrated his first Broadway score in 1935 for Sigmund Romberg's Maywine. and would go on to orchestrate over 100 Broadway shows including such classics as Richard Rogers' Carousel (1945), Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate (1948), Jule Styne's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949), Richard Adler and Jerry Ross' Damn Yankees (1955), Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella (1956), and Jerry Bock's Fiddler on the Roof (1964). Before he was 21, Walker was writing arrangements for Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians, one of the nation's most popular orchestras. He orchestrated for Fred Waring's radio show, and while working in radio, he met Sigmund Romberg and made the leap to theater. Later, in television, he conducted for NBC's Your Hit Parade (1957). He was a composer too, collaborating with Clay Warnick on the entire score, music and lyrics, of Memphis Bound, an adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore that featured an all black cast. He composed music for S.J. Perelman's Beauty Part (1962), as well as other scores and approximately 30 published songs. Walker was instrumental in the founding of Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope.

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