|Also Known As:
Maj. Meredith Willson
||Died: || June 15, 1984
|Born: || May 18, 1902
||Cause of Death: ||
|| Mason City, Iowa, USA
composer, lyricist, librettist, bandleader, flutist
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While attending music school in NYC, joined the John Philip Sousa Band as a flutist and piccolo player
Joined the New York Philharmonic as a flutist
Was conductor of the New York Chamber Music Society
Appointed conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Became musical director for NBC
Earned Academy Award nomination for score for Chaplin's "The Great Dictator"
Enjoyed first Broadway hit with "The Music Man"
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Damrosch Institute of Musical Art:
New York , New York
Mason City High School:
Mason City , Iowa
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.
Elizabeth Willson. Had two sons.
Elizabeth Willson. Married in 1920; divorced.
Rini Ralina Zarova. Married from 1949 until her death in 1966.
Rini Ralina Zarova. Had two; survived him.
Rosemary Patricia Sullivan. Norwegian.
Rosemary Patricia Sullivan. Former secretary. Married from 1969 until his death.
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John Willson. US Congressman.
John Willson. Businessman.
Rosalie Willson. Survived him.
Cedric Willson. Businessman, musician. Played the baritone horn in the John Philip Sousa Band; died in 1975.
Cedric Willson. Has one.
Dixie Willson. Author. Wrote children's books; died in 1974.
Dixie Willson. Had four, survived him.
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