William Loose

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William Loose
Birth name William George Loose
Also known as Bill Loose
Born (1910-06-05)June 5, 1910
Michigan, U.S.
Died February 22, 1991(1991-02-22) (aged 80)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Occupation(s) Film and television composer

William George "Bill" Loose (June 5, 1910 – February 22, 1991) was an American composer of film, cartoon and television soundtrack music and stock musical cues.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Michigan, Loose became a staff musical arranger for an Omaha, Nebraska radio station. During World War II he let the United States Army Air Forces Orchestra in New York.[1]

In the 1950s, Capitol Records represented several musical libraries. Capitol decided to assemble its own library in 1955. When Nelson Riddle turned down the job of composer of their musical cues, they hired Loose and John Seely. By 1957 Loose’s music was played on no less than 24 different television shows a week.[2] Loose’s proven record led him to compose scores for American television series such as The Sheriff of Cochise and The Texan.[3] Loose also was in demand as an arranger for various artists on Decca Records and Reprise Records.

In the 1960s Loose’s continual work on films and television led him to compose such diverse works as the theme to The Hollywood Squares two Mike Henry Tarzan films and score several films for Russ Meyer. In 1968-69, Loose was music director for the Doris Day Show TV series.

Death and legacy[edit]

Loose died of a heart attack at the age of 80.

The reuse of Loose's cues for the 1990s cartoon series The Ren & Stimpy Show brought him a new generation of fans.

A tribute to Loose was given in a The William Loose Songbook a double CD by Richard Peterson.[4]

A music company Loose had founded with Billy May called "May-Loo Music" was left to Loose's wife Irma after his death. She was awarded a $1.9 million jury award when a business manager mismanaged her firm.[5]


  1. ^ Obituary Variety 4 March 1991
  2. ^ p.273 Goldmark, Daniel & Taylor, Yuval The Cartoon Music Book Chicago Review Press 2002
  3. ^ p.56 Matill, Alvin H. Six Decades of Sagebrush Sheriffs, Scalawags, and Sidewinders Scarecrow Press 2011
  4. ^ http://www.amazon.com/William-Loose-Songbook-Richard-Peterson/dp/B000055ZLU
  5. ^ Source: http://www.allbusiness.com/retail-trade/miscellaneous-retail-retail-stores-not/4397379-1.html#ixzz1lOggwLHf

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