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David Rose (London15 June 1910 – Burbank23 August 1990) was an American composer, arranger, songwriter, pianist and Orchestra leader. He is best known for his compositions "The Stripper", "Holiday for Strings", and "Calypso Melody". He also wrote under the pseudonym "Ray Llewellyn" music for a large number of television series such as it's a Great LifeThe Tony Martin ShowLittle House on the PrairieHighway To HeavenBonanza, and Highway Patrol. [1he won four Emmy Awardsin his career.[2]


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[1][2]David Rose ' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6514 Hollywood Blvd.

Rose was born in London to Jewish parents. As a child he moved with his family to the United States, where he grew up in Chicago.

His career began when he was with Ted Fio Rito's band as a pianist. He was also a pianist for NBC Radio. [3At this station he was given his first commands in the early 1930s as an arranger. He made music for the Frank Trumbauer Orchestra. To his first works include "Break It Down" with Frankie Trumbauer, "Transcontinental," "Plantation Moods," and a piece of music that is included under three different titles: "I've Got It", "Itchola", and "Jigsaw Rhythm."

Rose that he was asked to come to Hollywood, where he founded his own Orchestra and thus gave a show twice a week for Mutual Broadcasting System called California melodies. He worked his way up to Music Director for Mutual network. [4rose's first work as a composer was the song "Holiday for Strings". [3during the Second World War served in the u.s. military Rose, where he got to know Red Skelton . Skelton asked Rose to conductor for his Raleigh Cigarettes Program. Rose went in on this offer and resigned in 1948 to the cast. The next 20 years he and Skelton continued to work together. [3[5]

In 1957 liver rose's adaptation of Larry Clinton's "Calypso Melody" him a gold plate on.[6In 1958 composed Rose "The Stripper", which initially as a b-side of the single, "Ebb Tide" was released. [7"The Stripper" was soon known for the prominent trombone and the fact that the music perfectly turned out for striptease acts. The music is processed in the films Slap ShotThe Full Monty and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were-Rabbit , as well as in the television series Little Britain and Scrubs .

The song "Holiday for Strings" obtained great fame as a title song of Red Skelton's programs.

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David Rose married on 8 October 1938 with actress Martha Raye. [8Their marriage ended on 19 May 1941 in a divorce. On 28 July 1941 married Rose with actress and singer Judy Garland. [9This marriage ended in 1944. Both marriages remained childless.

With his third wife, Betty Bartholomew, Rose got two daughters. His granddaughter is singer-songwriter Samantha James. [3]

Rose died at the age of 80. He is buried in the Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, California.



  • Holiday For Strings (US # 2, 1944)
  • Poinciana (Song Of The Tree) (US # 11, 1944)
  • The Stripper (US # 1, 1962)

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David Rose won a total of four Emmy Awards:

  • An Evening with Fred Astaire for 1958
  • 1971 for Bonanza
  • 1979 and 1982 for Little House on the Prairie

In 1945 and 1946 he was nominated for an Academy Award for best music for respectively The Princess and The Pirate and Wonder Man .

David Rose has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.