Lyn Murray

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Lyn Murray (August 13, 1909 - April 29, 1989) was a composer, conductor, and arranger of music for radio, film and television.

Born as Lionel Breeze in London, he arrived on American shores to found the Lyn Murray Singers, who became known throughout the United States as the featured group on CBS Radio’s Your Hit Parade.[1] His other work in radio included composing for The Adventures of Ellery Queen and being choral director for Pursuit of Happiness.[1]

Murray worked as a conductor, arranger and producer with such artists as Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong and Burl Ives at CBS prior to moving to NBC in 1947. The Lyn Murray Singers appeared on Broadway in Finian's Rainbow (1948), singing arrangements written by Murray for the production.

In 1950, Murray moved to Hollywood and began composing scores for feature films, including The Prowler (1951), To Catch a Thief (1955), Escape from Zahrain (1962), Come Fly with Me (1963), Wives and lovers (1963), Promise Her Anything (1965) and Rosie! (1967), as well as creating episodic underscoring for television shows such as The Virginian (1962), Daniel Boone (1964), The Time Tunnel (1966), Dragnet (1967), and the unaired pilot for Mr. Terrific. He won an Emmy Award in 1986 for his score to the National Geographic special Miraculous Machines.


Murray was married for a time to Carol Irwin,[1] and then to fashion historian Margaret Pexton, but they divorced in 1982.[2] He lived for many years in Pacific Palisades, California, and died of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, aged 79.


  1. ^ a b c "Say Hello to ..." (PDF). Radio and Television Mirror 13 (6): 54. April 1940. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Herman-Cohen, Valli (December 21, 2001), "Margaret Pexton Murray, 80; Fashion Historian", Los Angeles Times 

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