Raymond Scott

Composer, Conductor, Musician
Largely unsung until his final years but quietly influential figure in film and TV music. Scott's greatest pop culture impact was on the aural component of Warner Bros. cartoons in their heyday of the 1930s, 40s and ... Read more »
Born: 09/10/1908 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (11)

Sex, Love and Lies 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Song

I Spy 2002 (Movie)

("Rock the Party") (Song)

Search and Destroy 1995 (Movie)

("Moment Musical") (Composer)

The Pusher 1959 (Movie)

(Music)

Never Love a Stranger 1958 (Movie)

(Music)

Your Hit Parade 1949 - 1958 (TV Show)

Music

The Trouble With Harry 1955 (Movie)

("Flagging the Train to Tuscaloosa") (Song)

Ali Baba Goes to Town 1936 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Happy Landing (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))

Biography

Largely unsung until his final years but quietly influential figure in film and TV music. Scott's greatest pop culture impact was on the aural component of Warner Bros. cartoons in their heyday of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Music arranger Carl Stalling utilized several of Scott's compositions in classic cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and company. The Machine Age sounds of "Powerhouse", his most famous piece, was usually heard whenever there was an extended gag involving construction or machinery in operation. Scott's quirky and jazzy tunes have been joined with intense animation more recently on "The Ren and Stimpy Show" (Nickelodeon). A Hollywood music veteran, Scott provided songs for features including the Eddie Cantor vehicle, "Ali Baba Goes to Town" (1937) and Alfred Hitchcock's atypical deadpan comedy "The Trouble With Harry" (1955). His other feature music credits include "Never Love A Stranger" (1958) and "The Pusher" (1960).

A big band leader in the 40s, Scott performed similar chores as the musical director of the long-running TV variety show "Your Hit Parade" (NBC, 1950-58). He did the same for "The Morey Amsterdam Show" an early TV special of music and comedy broadcast on New Year's Eve in 1948. A man with an aesthetic appreciation of technology, Scott became a pioneer in electronic music. While in his 60s, he served as head of electronic research and development for Motown Records from 1972-77.

Relationships

Mitzi Scott

Wife
survived him

Milestones

1950

Served as music director for the popular TV variety series, "Your Hit Parade"

1948

Served as music director for "The Morey Amsterdam Show", a New Years Eve special from TV's early days

1937

Early feature credit, provided songs for the Eddie Cantor vehicle, "Ali Baba Goes to Town"

Had compositions utilized in Warner Bros. Cartoons of the 1930-50s

Provided music for Hollywood features in the late 1950s and early 60s

Worked as a big band leader throughout the 1940s

Worked as the head of electronic research and development at Motown Records

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