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Oscar-Winning Composer-Arranger Dead at 100 — He Was Behind ‘West Side Story,’ ‘The Patty Duke Show’ and Many Others

Jul 3, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A composer and arranger who won an Oscar, a Grammy and a Daytime Emmy for his work in film and television has died. Variety reports that Sid Ramin died Monday at his home in New York City. He was 100.

Ramin reportedly died of natural causes.

“Ramin won a 1961 Academy Award for adapting the music of ‘West Side Story,’ which he had originally orchestrated for composer Leonard Bernstein on Broadway in 1957 (with fellow arranger Irwin Kostal),” Variety reports. “He won a 1961 Grammy for the ‘West Side Story’ soundtrack album, and a 1983 Daytime Emmy for music for TV’s ‘All My Children.’”

Variety adds: “Ramin’s musical career encompassed every aspect of show business. He started in the early days of live television, arranging for Milton Berle’s ‘Texaco Star Theatre’ from 1948 to 1956.”

The report quotes Ramin reminiscing about the days of live TV, saying: “There was no second take. What you did was on the air, good or bad.”

Ramin’s many credits also included the 1973 TV movie “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Candid Camera” and the 1993 TV movie “Gypsy,” along with the movies “Too Many Thieves” (1967) and “Stiletto” (1969).

Here’s an interview from 2011 in which Ramin talks about orchestrating “West Side Story” …

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