The Info List - Carmen Dragon

Carmen Dragon
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 2 Film 3 Radio 4 Personal appearances 5 Recording 6 Recognition 7 Personal life 8 Death 9 Children 10 References 11 External links

Early years[edit] Dragon was born in Antioch, California.[1] 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.")[2] Film[edit] He was very active in pops music conducting and composed scores for several films, including At Gunpoint (1955), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Night into Morning
Night into Morning
(1951), and Kiss Tomorrow Good-bye (1950). With Morris Stoloff, he shared the 1944 Oscar for the popular Gene Kelly/ Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth
musical Cover Girl, which featured songs by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin.[3] 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." Radio[edit] Dragon conducted the Hollywood Bowl
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.[4] 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 1950s. In the summer of 1947, Dragon and Frances Langford
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.[5] Dragon also hosted a regular classical music radio show broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Network well into the 1980s.[citation needed] Personal appearances[edit] 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."[6] A couple of months later, a Fresno, California, newspaper contained an advertisement promoting "Carmen Dragon, Ace Stanford Band, The Sensation of the Coast."[7] Recording[edit] Dragon made a series of popular light classical albums for Capitol Records during the 1950s with the Hollywood Bowl
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. Recognition[edit] 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.[8] An elementary school is named after the composer in Antioch, California. Personal life[edit] Dragon had a wife, Eloise, "who sang on his Maxwell House series and Starlight Concert."[1] Death[edit] Carmen Dragon
Carmen Dragon
died of cancer, aged 69, in a Santa Monica, California hospital, on March 28, 1984.[9] Children[edit]

Son, Daryl Dragon
Daryl Dragon
of the 1970s pop music duo Captain & Tennille Daughter, Carmen E. Dragon (January 17, 1948 - July 11, 2010), classical harpist 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 music.[10][11] 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.  ^ "Composer-conductor Carmen Dragon
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 2016.  ^ Obituary, nytimes.com, March 29, 1984. ^ "About Dennis Dragon". dennisdragon.com. Retrieved 13 April 2016.  ^ "Dennis Dragon". allmusic.com. AllMedia Network. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 

External links[edit]

Official website Carmen Dragon
Carmen Dragon
on IMDb

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Daryl Dragon Toni Tennille


Love Will Keep Us Together Song of Joy Come In from the Rain Dream 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)" "Shop Around" "Muskrat Love" "Can't Stop Dancin'" "Do That to Me One More Time" "Happy Together (A Fantasy)" "Don't Call It Love"


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Louis Silvers
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(1934) Max Steiner
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Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith, Ned Washington/Alfred Newman (1940) Bernard Herrmann/ Frank Churchill and Oliver Wallace (1941) Max Steiner/ Ray Heindorf and Heinz Roemheld (1942) Alfred Newman/ Ray Heindorf (1943) Max Steiner/ Morris Stoloff and Carmen Dragon
Carmen Dragon
(1944) Miklós Rózsa/ Georgie Stoll (1945) Hugo Friedhofer/ Morris Stoloff (1946) Miklós Rózsa/Alfred Newman (1947) Brian Easdale/ Johnny Green
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and Roger Edens (1948) Aaron Copland/ Roger Edens and Lennie Hayton (1949)


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and Robert B. Sherman/Andre Previn (1964) Maurice Jarre/ Irwin Kostal (1965) John Barry/ Ken Thorne (1966) Elmer Bernstein/Alfred Newman and Ken Darby (1967) John Barry/ Johnny Green
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(1968) Burt Bacharach/ Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman (1969)


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(1973) Nino Rota
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(1974) John Williams/ Leonard Rosenman
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(1975) Jerry Goldsmith/ Leonard Rosenman
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(1976) John Williams/ Jonathan Tunick (1977) Giorgio Moroder/ Joe Renzetti (1978) Georges Delerue/ Ralph Burns
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Michael Gore (1980) Vangelis
(1981) John Williams/ Henry Mancini
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(1986) Ryuichi Sakamoto, David Byrne
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and Cong Su (1987) Dave Grusin
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(1988) Alan Menken
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(1991) Alan Menken
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(1992) John Williams
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(1993) Hans Zimmer
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(1994) Luis Enríquez Bacalov/ Alan Menken
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(1997) Nicola Piovani/ Stephen Warbeck (1998) John Corigliano (1999)


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(2001) Elliot Goldenthal
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(2002) Howard Shore
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(2003) Jan A. P. Kaczmarek
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(2004) Gustavo Santaolalla
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(2005) Gustavo Santaolalla
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(2006) Dario Marianelli (2007) A. R. Rahman
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(2008) Michael Giacchino
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(2015) Justin Hurwitz
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(2016) Alexandre Desplat
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