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date: 07 June 2020

Newman, Lionel locked

  • Jon Burlingame


(b New Haven, CT, Jan 4, 1916; d Los Angeles, CA, Feb 3, 1989). American Composer and conductor. The youngest of ten born to immigrant Russian-Jewish parents, his oldest sibling was Alfred Newman, who would become one of the pioneers of American film music. The younger Newman studied composition with Joseph Schillinger in New York and, later in Los Angeles, with Joseph Achron and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Like his older brother, Lionel Newman left school early to pursue a career as a musician. At the age of 15 he conducted for theater producer Earl Carroll in Florida (eventually conducting Carroll’s Vanities show on Broadway in 1940), and in the 1930s he conducted touring shows for Tom Mix and Mae West. He followed his older brother to Hollywood and achieved early success as a songwriter (including a 1938 Oscar nomination for his title song for The Cowboy and the Lady...

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