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Leith Stevens Edit Profile

composer , conductor

Leith Stevens, American composer, conductor. Award radio series and Dick Powell series, 1946; Award for song, Julie, 1956, for scoring of musical picture, Five Pennies, 1959, scoring of musical picture New King of Love, 1963.

Background

Stevens, Leith was born on September 13, 1909 in Mount Moriah, Missouri, United States. Son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Wooderson) Stevens.

Education

Graduate Horner Institute Music, Kansas City, Missoury, 1927. Student Juilliard Museum Foundation, 1928-1930.

Career

; married second, Peggy Joan McCartney, December 15, 1945 (div. 1954); married 3d, Elizabeth Struan Hughes, December 17, 1955 (deceased 1970). Concert pianist, accompanist, 1923-1929.

Composer, conductor arranger Columbia Broadcasting System, New York City, 1930-1940, Hollywood, since 1939. With Office of War Information, 1942. Director Radio Sydney, Australia, 1942-1945.

Composer, conductor Alice in Wonderland, John Brown’s Body, No Help Wanted, story of Federal Bureau of Investigation (for British Broadcasting Corporation), Edward G. Robinson series, 1939-1941, Ford Sunday Evening Hour, 1940, Free Company, 1941, Lionel Barrymore series, 1942, Abbott and Costello series, 1942, Doctor Fights series, Request Performance series, 1945, Academy Award radio series and Dick Powell series, 1946. Produced Rise Stevens series, 1945. Composed and conducted numerous motion picture scores, including Syncopation, All My Sons, Night Song, Destination Moon, The Wild One, Five Pennies, The Interns, New Kind of Love.

Composed and conducted television series including Ann Southern, 1958, Michael Shane, 1960, Dante in 1960, Mr. Novak, 1963, 1964, also numerous individual programs in television series, among them Hotel de Paree, Cheyenne, Twilight Zone, Climax, Shower of Stars, Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, Dick Powell Theatre, Empire, Untouchables, Rawhide, Daniel Boone, Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Long Hot Summer, Jesse James, Lancer, Custer, Land of the Giants, Judd for the Defense. Teacher film scoring and film scoring workshop University of California extension department, Los Angeles, from 1960.

Mus. director Paramount television, 1969.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Film Scoring, 1963.

Membership

Member nat. advisory council Institute Studies American Music, U. Missouri Nominated for Academy Award for song, Julie, 1956, for scoring of musical picture, Five Pennies, 1959, scoring of musical picture New King of Love, 1963. Member Composers and Lyricists Guild American (president 1954-1962). Club: Racquet (Palm Springs, California).

Connections

Married Mary McCoy, October 3, 1930 (divorced 1944). Married second, Peggy Joan McCartney, December 15, 1945 (divorced 1954).

father:
Andrew Stevens

mother:
Elizabeth (Wooderson) Stevens

spouses:
Mary McCoy

Peggy Joan McCartney