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Angela Morley (born 10 March 1924 – 14 January 2009) was an English composer and conductor. Morley was born transgender. born in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1924. Her birth name was Wally Stott. Morley played saxophone in a number of dance bands, and in 1944 became a member of Geraldo’s band.

She attributed her entry into composing and arranging largely to the influence and encouragement of the Canadian light music composer Robert Farnon. In 1972, Morley underwent gender reassignment. Later in life, she lived in Scottsdale, Arizona. She died there on 14 January 2009 of complications from a fall and subsequent heart attack.

Morley won two Emmys for her work in music arrangement. These were in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction, in 1988 and 1990, both for television specials starring Julie Andrews. Morley received Emmy nominations for composing music for television series such as Dynasty and Dallas. She was twice nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Music, Original Song Score/Adaptation: for The Little Prince (1974), a nomination shared with Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, and Douglas Gamley; and for The Slipper and the Rose, which Morley shared with Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.

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Wally Stott was originally a composer of light music, best known for pieces such as the jaunty Rotten Row and A Canadian in Mayfair, a homage to Robert Farnon’s Portrait of a Flirt. She is also remembered for writing the theme tune and incidental music for Hancock’s Half Hour and was the musical director for The Goon Show from the third series in 1952 to the last show in 1960.

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  • happy2befree

    you have grouped her under wally scott, that is not her name even in a tag

    17 Feb 6:11pm Reply
  • happy2befree

    you do realise to put her face with the gender she was previously was born is against the law, because she still is legally Angela Morley.

    17 Feb 6:09pm Reply