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Also Known As: Maj. Meredith Willson Died: June 15, 1984
Born: May 18, 1902 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mason City, Iowa, USA Profession: 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
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Joined the New York Philharmonic as a flutist
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Was conductor of the New York Chamber Music Society
1929:
Appointed conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra
1939:
Became musical director for NBC
1940:
Earned Academy Award nomination for score for Chaplin's "The Great Dictator"
1957:
Enjoyed first Broadway hit with "The Music Man"
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Education

Damrosch Institute of Musical Art: New York , New York -
Mason City High School: Mason City , Iowa - 1919

Notes

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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wife:
Elizabeth Willson. Had two sons.
wife:
Elizabeth Willson. Married in 1920; divorced.
wife:
Rini Ralina Zarova. Married from 1949 until her death in 1966.
wife:
Rini Ralina Zarova. Had two; survived him.
wife:
Rosemary Patricia Sullivan. Norwegian.
wife:
Rosemary Patricia Sullivan. Former secretary. Married from 1969 until his death.
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father:
John Willson. US Congressman.
father:
John Willson. Businessman.
mother:
Rosalie Willson. Survived him.
brother:
Cedric Willson. Businessman, musician. Played the baritone horn in the John Philip Sousa Band; died in 1975.
brother:
Cedric Willson. Has one.
sister:
Dixie Willson. Author. Wrote children's books; died in 1974.
sister:
Dixie Willson. Had four, survived him.
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