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Also Known As: Died: October 6, 1985
Born: June 1, 1921 Cause of Death: cardiac arrest and kidney failure
Birth Place: Oradell, New Jersey, USA Profession: arranger, composer

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"September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle" Billboard Books

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Source: The Stars of Hollywood Forever: 1901-2006

Riddle began his career as a piano player. At fourteen, he played trombone with Tommy Dorsey and Bob Crosby's bands. After WWII, he worked for NBC Radio and went on to compose one of his best remembered hits, ‘Theme from Route 66.’ The song hit number 3 on the Billboard charts, one of the very first television themes to do so.

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