(May 9, 1911-February 22, 2005)
Born in Newark, New Jersey
Conductor, arranger and composer
Conductor for 'The Firestone Hour' (1952-59) and 'The Kate Smith Show' (1960)
Assembled the Harry Simeone Chorale
Recorded the singles 'The Little Drummer Boy' (1958) and 'Do You Hear What I Hear' (1962)
Why he might be annoying
He dropped out of Juilliard to work for bandleader Fred Waring.
He was listed as a composer of 'The Little Drummer Boy' but did not actually write any of the song.
Oddly, his recording of 'The Little Drummer Boy' features no drums.
Why he might not be annoying
He recorded in an old Greenwich Village church, felling that the old timber would enhance the acoustics.
He and his wife donated $1 million to Yale to endow a music scholarship program.
Reissues of his recording of 'The Little Drummer Boy' made the Billboard Top 40 five consecutive Christmases (1958-62).
Credit: C. Fishel
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