Composer Whose Credits Include ‘Lassie,’ ‘The Untouchables,’ and ‘Slattery’s People’ Dies at 94; Son is Famous Jazz Saxophonist

Mar 8, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Nathan Scott, a composer and arranger who worked on some of the seminal TV shows beloved by the baby-boomer generation–including "Lassie" and "Dragnet"–has died at age 94, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The cause was complications due to old age, the Times said.

Scott is the father of popular jazz saxophonist Tom Scott.

According to the Times, Nathan Scott, "from 1963 through 1972, composed the music for all but four episodes of ‘Lassie.’ " 

He also worked for many years on "Dragnet," but did not compose the famous theme to that show. He did compose the theme to the ‘Slattery’s People," the short-lived (1964-’65) series that starred Richard Crenna.

According to a follow-up piece in the Times, a memorial service "will be held at 11 a.m. March 15 at the Congregational Church of the Chimes, 14115 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks."

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