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music conductor , arranger.

Mark Warnow, music conductor, arranger.


Warnow, Mark was born on April 10, 1902 in Monastrischt, Russia. Son of Joseph and Sara (Smollen) Warnow.


Brought to United States, 1907. Educated public school and Eastern District High School, New York City. Student Volpe Institute, 1919-1922.


; 1 daughter, Suzanne Helen. Received first violin lesson from father, 1909. Later studied with Leopold Littenberg, Franz Kneisel, Mortimer Wilson, Arnold Volpe.

While a student made concert tours with others, also became conductor of Salvation Army bands and amateur orchestras of Brooklyn Orchestra Society. Acted as teacher of violin theory. Conductor of grand opera for Marcel Opera Company, 1921.

Then conductor musical shows and player in symphony orchestras. With Columbia network since 1932. As concert maestro and arranger, has conducted for and helped develop such well known artists as Morton Downey, Kate Smith, Gertrude Neisen.

Created “Blue Velvet” music. Work includes Westinghouse program with John Charles Thomas, March of Time, We, the People, Your Hit Parade (Saturday nights, coast to coast), All Time Hit Parade, Helen Hayes dramatic series. Musical director dramatic series with Victor Jory, Dangerously Yours.

Produced and supervised musical comedy, What’s Up, on legitimate stage, season, 1943-1944. Office: 485 Madison Avenue, New York, New York.


Married Helen D. McGowan, September 6, 1942 (divorced 1949).

Joseph Warnow

Sara (Smollen) Warnow

Helen D. McGowan