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George Bruns (July 3, 1914 - May 23, 1983) was a composer of music for film and television who worked on many Disney films. He was nominated for four Academy Awards for his work. He was also a proficient musician, playing and recording on trombone, tuba and string bass.

Bruns was born in Sandy, Oregon and went to college at Oregon State University, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, graduating in 1936. In the 1930s he worked as a musician with various groups in the Portland, Oregon area. In 1946 he was appointed musical director at radio station KEX in Portland, Oregon, and also was the bandleader for the Rose Bowl room of the Multnomah Hotel. From 1947 to 1949 he performed and recorded on trombone with Portland’s Castle Jazz Band, led by banjoist Monte Ballou.

In the late 1940s he moved to Los Angeles, where he did studio work, and performed and recorded with trombonist Turk Murphy’s Jazz Band. In 1953 he was hired by Walt Disney as an arranger, eventually becoming Disney’s musical director, a position he held until his retirement in 1976. Despite his retirement he continued to work on Disney projects.

Among his work is the song “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)” (which he co-wrote with Xavier Atencio), used in the Disney theme park attraction Pirates of the Caribbean and the movies based on that ride. He also co-wrote “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” with Tom W. Blackburn, as well as the song “Love” for the Disney animated film Robin Hood.


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  • t3hpez

    hehe schwinging :):)

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • rinistiltskin

    Aristocats soundtrack is bloody fantastic! Schwinging!

    2 Aug 2012 Reply
  • d0l

    mr. bruns knew what he was doing.

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • culturedeluxe

    Yes, spent hours trying to find the original theme of Herbie. Couldn't buy it anywhere so nicked it off Youtube - sorry.

    9 Apr 2011 Reply
  • -Zelgadis-

    the Jungle Book!

    10 Jun 2010 Reply
  • staub_faenger

    is this the man who wrote the original 'herbie' theme? i love him, then! ride on, herbie! haha

    28 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Drachenlady82

    yeah, great music...classic disney :-)

    11 Sep 2008 Reply
  • nagareboshi

    aaw, disney's sleeping beauty has such a beautiful soundtrack. I like it even more than the original Tchaikovsky suite. sigh, it reminds me of my childhood. awesome film! :)

    18 Sep 2007 Reply

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