Carmen Dragon (July 28, 1914 – March 28, 1984) was an American
conductor, composer, and arranger who in addition to live performances
and recording, worked in radio, film, and television.
1 Early years
4 Personal appearances
7 Personal life
11 External links
Dragon was born in Antioch, California. He attended Antioch High
School and, while a student there, composed a song for the school.
Forward, Antioch! was performed between acts of a school play on
February 28, 1930. (A newspaper article erroneously identified the
composer as "a high school girl, Carmen Dragon.")
He was very active in pops music conducting and composed scores for
several films, including At Gunpoint (1955), Invasion of the Body
Night into Morning
Night into Morning (1951), and Kiss Tomorrow
With Morris Stoloff, he shared the 1944 Oscar for the popular Gene
Rita Hayworth musical Cover Girl, which featured songs by Jerome
Kern and Ira Gershwin.
He made a popular orchestral arrangement of "America the Beautiful"
and also re-arranged it for symphonic band. In his obituary published
March 29, 1984, the New York Times noted: "In 1964 he won an Emmy for
producing the Glendale Symphony Orchestra Christmas
Special on NBC."
Dragon conducted the
Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, and they
performed on The Standard School Broadcast, broadcast on
NBC in the
western U.S. for elementary schools from 1928 through the 1970s.
The show was sponsored by the
Standard Oil Company of California
Standard Oil Company of California (now
the Chevron Corporation), but other than the name there were no
commercials. The program featured a high quality introduction to
classical music for young people growing up in the 1940s and early
In the summer of 1947, Dragon and
Frances Langford had a program on
NBC. Langford sang, accompanied by Dragon and his 25-piece orchestra.
The show began June 5 and ran for 13 weeks as a summer replacement for
George Burns and Gracie Allen's program.
Dragon also hosted a regular classical music radio show broadcast on
the Armed Forces Radio Network well into the 1980s.
By May 1935, Dragon had his own orchestra. A Santa Cruz, California,
newspaper reported about the San Jose State freshman dance, "The
dancers will travel over the world with the orchestra of Carmen Dragon
furnishing the appropriate music of each locality." A couple of
months later, a Fresno, California, newspaper contained an
advertisement promoting "Carmen Dragon, Ace Stanford Band, The
Sensation of the Coast."
Dragon made a series of popular light classical albums for Capitol
Records during the 1950s with the
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Some of
these recordings have been reissued by
EMI on CD. Dragon appeared as
himself briefly at the end of the 1979 film The In-Laws, conducting
the fictitious Paramus Philharmonic.
Dragon has a star in the Radio section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Located at 6104 Hollywood Boulevard, it was dedicated September 7,
1989. An elementary school is named after the composer in Antioch,
Dragon had a wife, Eloise, "who sang on his Maxwell House series and
Carmen Dragon died of cancer, aged 69, in a Santa Monica, California
hospital, on March 28, 1984.
Daryl Dragon of the 1970s pop music duo Captain & Tennille
Daughter, Carmen E. Dragon (January 17, 1948 - July 11, 2010),
Son, Dennis Dragon (1947-2017), drummer for the surf band Surf Punks;
also was one of the last
Byrds drummers when they were falling apart
in early 1973, also produced much of Captain & Tennille's
Daughter, Kathryn Dragon Henn (November 8, 1951 - April, 2012), was
the manager of her father's Orchestral Pops Rental Library
Son, Douglas - a musician and singer
^ a b DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated
Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960.
McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. P. 81.
^ "Antioch Students Give Play Tonight". California, Oakland. Oakland
Tribune. February 28, 1930. p. 52.
Carmen Dragon dies". The Tuscaloosa News.
Retrieved November 19, 2013.
The Standard School Broadcast website
^ "Langford-Dragon In Burns-Allen Spot". Connecticut, Naugatuck.
Naugatuck Daily Times. May 24, 1947. p. 1. Retrieved March 31,
2016 – via Newspapers.com.
^ "Glenys Bodkin Is Named Chairman of S. J. Dance Committee".
California, Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz Evening News. May 10, 1935.
p. 3. Retrieved March 31, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
^ "(Sweet's Rainbow advertisement)". California, Fresno. The Fresno
Bee The Republican. July 26, 1935. p. 17. Retrieved March 31,
2016 – via Newspapers.com.
^ "Carmen Dragon". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 1 April
^ Obituary, nytimes.com, March 29, 1984.
^ "About Dennis Dragon". dennisdragon.com. Retrieved 13 April
^ "Dennis Dragon". allmusic.com. AllMedia Network. Retrieved 13 April
Carmen Dragon on IMDb
Captain & Tennille
Love Will Keep Us Together
Song of Joy
Come In from the Rain
Make Your Move
Keeping Our Love Warm
More Than Dancing
The Secret of Christmas
"Love Will Keep Us Together"
"The Way I Want to Touch You"
"Lonely Night (Angel Face)"
"Can't Stop Dancin'"
"Do That to Me One More Time"
"Happy Together (A Fantasy)"
"Don't Call It Love"
"God Only Knows"
"I Write the Songs"
"Wedding Song (There Is Love)"
The Beach Boys
Book:Captain & Tennille
Academy Award for Best Original Score
Louis Silvers (1934)
Max Steiner (1935)
Leo F. Forbstein
Leo F. Forbstein (1936)
Charles Previn (1937)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold/Alfred Newman (1938)
Herbert Stothart/Richard Hageman, W. Franke Harling, John Leipold, Leo
Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith, Ned Washington/Alfred Newman (1940)
Frank Churchill and
Oliver Wallace (1941)
Ray Heindorf and
Heinz Roemheld (1942)
Ray Heindorf (1943)
Morris Stoloff and
Carmen Dragon (1944)
Georgie Stoll (1945)
Morris Stoloff (1946)
Miklós Rózsa/Alfred Newman (1947)
Johnny Green and
Roger Edens (1948)
Roger Edens and
Lennie Hayton (1949)
Adolph Deutsch and
Roger Edens (1950)
Johnny Green and
Saul Chaplin (1951)
Dimitri Tiomkin/Alfred Newman (1952)
Bronisław Kaper/Alfred Newman (1953)
Adolph Deutsch and
Saul Chaplin (1954)
Alfred Newman/Robert Russell Bennett, Jay Blackton and Adolph Deutsch
Victor Young/Alfred Newman and
Ken Darby (1956)
Malcolm Arnold (1957)
Dimitri Tiomkin/Andre Previn (1958)
Miklós Rózsa/Andre Previn and
Ken Darby (1959)
Morris Stoloff and Harry Sukman (1960)
Henry Mancini/Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green,
Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal
Ray Heindorf (1962)
John Addison/Andre Previn (1963)
Richard M. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman/Andre Previn (1964)
Irwin Kostal (1965)
Ken Thorne (1966)
Elmer Bernstein/Alfred Newman and
Ken Darby (1967)
Johnny Green (1968)
Lennie Hayton and
Lionel Newman (1969)
The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
and Ringo Starr) (1970)
John Williams (1971)
Raymond Rasch and Larry Russell/
Ralph Burns (1972)
Marvin Hamlisch (1973)
Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola/
Nelson Riddle (1974)
Leonard Rosenman (1975)
Leonard Rosenman (1976)
Jonathan Tunick (1977)
Joe Renzetti (1978)
Ralph Burns (1979)
Michael Gore (1980)
Henry Mancini and
Leslie Bricusse (1982)
Bill Conti/Michel Legrand,
Alan and Marilyn Bergman (1983)
Maurice Jarre/Prince (1984)
John Barry (1985)
Herbie Hancock (1986)
David Byrne and
Cong Su (1987)
Dave Grusin (1988)
Alan Menken (1989)
John Barry (1990)
Alan Menken (1991)
Alan Menken (1992)
John Williams (1993)
Hans Zimmer (1994)
Luis Enríquez Bacalov/
Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz (1995)
Rachel Portman (1996)
Anne Dudley (1997)
Stephen Warbeck (1998)
John Corigliano (1999)
Tan Dun (2000)
Howard Shore (2001)
Elliot Goldenthal (2002)
Howard Shore (2003)
Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
Jan A. P. Kaczmarek (2004)
Gustavo Santaolalla (2005)
Gustavo Santaolalla (2006)
Dario Marianelli (2007)
A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman (2008)
Michael Giacchino (2009)
Trent Reznor and
Atticus Ross (2010)
Ludovic Bource (2011)
Mychael Danna (2012)
Steven Price (2013)
Alexandre Desplat (2014)
Ennio Morricone (2015)
Justin Hurwitz (2016)
Alexandre Desplat (2017)
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