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William E. May, (November 10, 1916 – January 22, 2004) better known as Billy May was an American composer and musician. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he played trumpet professionally in big bands such as those of Charlie Barnet starting in 1939. May worked as an arranger for the bands of Glenn Miller and Les Brown before being hired as staff arranger first for the NBC radio network, then for Capitol Records.

At Capitol, May wrote arrangements for many top artists, including… read more

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  • Avatar for reddoorgirl
    Billy May also produced the song "River Of No Return" for recording artist Tennessee Ernie Ford for the movie of the same name starring Marilyn Monroe in 1954.
  • Avatar for Charles_Heres
    'Kato' means cat in esperanto. Incredibly cool piece, too.
  • Avatar for taylorsatula
    I love Billy May. Just fantastic.
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    Featuring him on the Sunday Sounds show(06/06/10) 10am - 1pm PST
  • Avatar for wantaway
    is that Tony Soprano?
  • Avatar for bbfukuzumi
    スパイ大作戦 懐かしー
  • Avatar for Sgarre1
    George Costanza sent back in time and living life as a mambo musician...
  • Avatar for anarchoqueer
    Hi, Billy May here.
  • Avatar for Twiggystickstoo
    Talent knows no color, form or nationality, must be a GenX slacker

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