Morton Stevens

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Morton Stevens
Birth name Morton Aaron Suckno
Born (1929-01-30)January 30, 1929
Newark, New Jersey
United States
Died November 11, 1991(1991-11-11) (aged 62)
Encino, California
United States
Occupations Composer

Morton Stevens (January 30, 1929 – November 11, 1991) was an American film score composer. In 1965, he became director of music for CBS West Coast operations. He is probably best known for composing the theme music for Hawaii Five-O, a television series for which he won two Emmy Awards (in 1970 and 1974), and was nominated seven other times for work on television programs including Gunsmoke and Police Woman.[1] He was taught under Academy Award-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith, with whom he frequently collaborated on other projects.

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Stevens graduated from the Juilliard School in 1950, and within a few years began working as an arranger/conductor for Sammy Davis, Jr.[2] After Davis's longtime conductor, George Rhodes, died in 1985, Stevens was among those who filled that role again sporadically until Davis's death in 1990. In his later years, Stevens worked as conductor for other Vegas legends, including Jerry Lewis, and was musical director for the "Rat Pack" tour featuring Davis, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and—after Martin quit—Liza Minnelli. His classic theme for Hawaii Five-0 was re-recorded for the 2010 remake of the television series.

Stevens died of pancreatic cancer in Encino, California at the age of 62.[2]

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