- Ross Care
(b New York, Feb 7, 1914; d Los Angeles, CA, June 26, 1997). American composer, arranger, and songwriter. The son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Bassman studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music. From 1931 to 1934 he arranged for big bands, including those led by Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. During this period he composed (with lyricist Ned Washington) the Tommy Dorsey theme “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You.” From 1934 to 1936 he was key arranger for conductor Andre Kostelanetz’s radio show. In 1936 he moved to Hollywood, where he joined MGM as arranger, composer, and general music/vocal director. He worked on many of the studio’s early classic and lesser-known musicals, including The Wizard of Oz (1939), for which he composed some of the cyclone music, Honolulu (1939), As Thousands Cheer (1943), and Cabin in the Sky (1943). He also composed dramatic underscores for ...