Kenyon Hopkins

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Kenyon Hopkins
Born (1912-01-15)January 15, 1912
Coffeyville, Kansas, U.S.
Died April 7, 1983(1983-04-07) (aged 71)
Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation(s) Composer, arranger

Kenyon Hopkins (January 15, 1912 – April 7, 1983) was an American composer who composed many film scores in a jazz idiom. He was once called "one of jazz's great composers and arrangers."[1]


Born in Coffeyville, Kansas, Hopkins composed various orchestral works, including two symphonies, the Symphony in Two Movements, Town and County Dances for chamber orchestra, and the jazz ballet Rooms for Anna Sokolow.[2]

He recorded several albums for ABC Paramount Records, Cadence Records, Capitol Records, and Verve Records during the 1960s. Many of his soundtrack recordings were released on LP, including that for the 1956 film Baby Doll, which was re-released on CD.[3]

Hopkins died in Princeton, New Jersey at the age of 71.[4]


  • Contrasting Colors, Capitol, 1959
  • The Sound of New York, ABC Paramount, [ABC 2269 (mono) / ABCS 2269 (stereo)], 1959[5]
  • Ridin' The Rails, Capitol Records, [T-1302 (mono) / ST-1302 (stereo)], 1960[6]
  • Nightmare!!, MGM Records [E/SE 4104 (mono) / SE 4104 (stereo)], 1962[7]
  • The Reporter: The Original Music From the CBS Television Network Series, (Columbia CL 2269 mono), 1964[8]
  • Sound Tour: France, Verve (in conjunction with Esquire Magazine) (produced by Creed Taylor), 1962[9]


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  1. ^ "Kenyon Hopkins Profile". Doug Payne. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Kenyon Hopkins Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Kenyon Hopkins". Space Age Musicmaker. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Leszczak, Bob (2014). The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen: A History with Cast and Crew Profiles and an Episode Guide. McFarland & Company. p. 152. ISBN 978-0786477906. 
  5. ^ "Kenyon Hopkins/Creed Taylor: The Sound of New York". Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Kenyon Hopkins: Ridin' The Rails". Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Kenyon Hopkins: Nightmare!!". Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Kenyon Hopkins: The Reporter". Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Kenyon Hopkins: Sound Tour: France". Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  10. ^ The Reporter Kenyon Hopkins LP, retrieved 2015-06-23 

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