Meredith Willson

Composer, Lyricist, Librettist
Born: 05/17/1902 in Mason City, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Music (19)

A Very Harold & Kumar 3-D Christmas 2011 (Movie)

"It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas" (Song)

The Music Never Stopped 2011 (Movie)

("Till There Was You") (Song)

Sex and the City 2 2010 (Movie)

("Till There Was You") (Song)

Four Christmases 2008 (Movie)

("It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas") (Song)

Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin 2004 (Movie)

("The Great Dictator") (Music)

Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin 2004 (Movie)

("Verspiel Lohengrin") (Music Arranger)

The Polar Express 2004 (Movie)

(It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas) (Song)

Duplex 2003 (Movie)

("It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas") (Song)

The Music Man 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Music

The Music Man 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Lyrics

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion 1997 (Movie)

("Wells Fargo Wagon") (Song)

I Wanna Hold Your Hand 1978 (Movie)

("Till There Was You") (Song)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown 1964 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown 1964 (Movie)

from stage musical (Music)

The Music Man 1961 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Music Man 1961 (Movie)

from musical (Music)

The Great Dictator 1940 (Movie)

(Music)

The Little Foxes 1940 (Movie)

(Music)
Writer (3)

The Music Man 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Book as Source Material

The Music Man 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Source Material

The Music Man 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Story By

Relationships

Rosalie Willson

Mother

Rosemary Sullivan

Wife
Married from 1968 until his death 1984

Elizabeth Willson

Wife

John Willson

Father

Cedric Willson

Brother
played the baritone horn in the John Philip Sousa Band died in 1975

Dixie Willson

Sister
wrote children's books died in 1974

Rini Zarova

Wife
Married from 1948 until her death in 1966

EDUCATION

Damrosch Institute of Musical Art

New York , New York
forerunner of the Juilliard School of Music

Mason City High School

Mason City , Iowa 1919

Milestones

1957

Enjoyed first Broadway hit with "The Music Man"

1940

Earned Academy Award nomination for score for Chaplin's "The Great Dictator"

1939

Became musical director for NBC

1929

Appointed conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Was conductor of the New York Chamber Music Society

Joined the New York Philharmonic as a flutist

While attending music school in NYC, joined the John Philip Sousa Band as a flutist and piccolo player

Bonus Trivia

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One of Willson's first published songs was "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You", written as a tribute to his Sunday school teacher mother.

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