Ken Darby

Musical director, Conductor, Composer
Three-time Oscar winner for his lush musical adaptations of Broadway musicals to film: "The King and I" (1956) and "Camelot" (1967), both in collaboration with Alfred Newman; and "Porgy and Bess" (1959), with Andre ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1908 in Hebron, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Music (20)

Breakfast of Champions 1999 (Movie)

("Kalua (Love Song of)") (Song)

Camelot 1966 (Movie)

associate musical director (Music)

How the West Was Won 1962 (Movie)

music associate (Music)

How the West Was Won 1962 (Movie)

("How the West Was Won") (Song)

State Fair 1962 (Movie)

music associate (Music)

Hound Dog Man 1958 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Porgy and Bess 1958 (Movie)

music director associate (Music)

South Pacific 1958 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

South Pacific 1958 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

The Mark of the Hawk 1958 (Movie)

("This Man Is Mine") (Song)

Villa! 1958 (Movie)

("Men Men Men") (Song)

The King and I 1956 (Movie)

(Music)

The Lieutenant Wore Skirts 1955 (Movie)

("Rock Around the Island") (Song)

The Tall Men 1955 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Garden of Evil 1954 (Movie)

("Aqui") (Song)

River of No Return 1954 (Movie)

songs("The River of No Return" "I'm Gonna File My Claim" "One Silver Dollar" "Down in the Meadow") (Song)

Rancho Notorious 1952 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Meet Me After the Show (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Melody Time (Movie)

(Musical Direction/Supervision)

The Night Before Christmas (TV Show)

Music
Actor (3)

Stagecoach War (Movie)

Rider (member, The King's Men) (Actor)

The Renegade Trail (Movie)

Rider (member, The King's Men) (Actor)

The Showdown (Movie)

Rider (member, The King's Men) (Actor)

Biography

Three-time Oscar winner for his lush musical adaptations of Broadway musicals to film: "The King and I" (1956) and "Camelot" (1967), both in collaboration with Alfred Newman; and "Porgy and Bess" (1959), with Andre Previn. A leading musical scorer, conductor and songwriter in films from the late 1940s through the 60s, Darby wrote songs for "River of No Return," "Garden of Evil" (both 1954), "The Lieutenant Wore Skirts" (1955) and "Villa" (1958). He served as musical associate on the 1962 remake of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "State Fair" and, teamed with Alfred Newman, was Oscar-nominated for scoring Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" (1958) and "Flower Drum Song" (1961) as well as "How the West Was Won" (1963).

Relationships

Vera Darby

Wife

Cristina Doremus

Daughter

Peter Darby

Son

Milestones

1952

Wrote first film songs for Fritz Lang's "Rancho Notorious"

1943

First film credit as musical director on Disney animation compilation, "Melody"

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