Walter Schumann

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Walter Schumann

American composer for film, television, and the theater add

Category: Music

Born in 1913.

Countries: United States (67%), California (33%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: The Night of the Hunter (film), Robert Mitchum

Linked to: Capitol Records, University of Southern California, NBC, RCA




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Walter Schumann was born in 1913 add something


By the early 1930s, he was attending law school at USC when he abruptly quit his studies to perform in a college dance band add something


In 1949, Schumann was asked to compose a new theme for a police detective show about to make its debut on the NBC Radio network add something


He wrote one opera, "John Brown's Body", which premiered in Los Angeles in 1953 and subsequently ran for sixty-five performances on Broadway at the New Century Theatre add something


By 1955, Schumann was busy composing and conducting the score to the classic Robert Mitchum film "The Night of the Hunter" and won an Emmy for his wildly popular "Dragnet" theme add something


In 1956 and 1957 Schumann continued to record with the Voices and they appeared on the first season of NBC's "The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford Show" add something


However, by the summer of 1958, poor health prompted Schumann to be admitted to the Mayo Clinic, where he underwent one of the first open heart surgeries in the United States add something

Walter Schumann died in 1958 add something


Complications arose following the operation, and Schumann died on August 21, 1958, aged 44, just weeks before the second season of "The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show" was scheduled to begin add something