|Birth name||H. Kenyon Hopkins|
|Born||January 15, 1912|
Coffeyville, Kansas, U.S.
|Died||April 7, 1983 (aged 71)|
Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
Early life and education
Hopkins was born in Coffeyville, Kansas, to the marriage of Rev. Thomas John Hopkins (1871–1939) and Gertrude Conover Nevius (maiden; 1883–aft. July 6, 1967). He, with his parents and brother, Thomas Oliver Hopkins (1915–1973), lived in several towns were his father had been a clergyman who had served as pastor at (i) the First Baptist Church in Coffeyville from 1909 to 1918, (ii) the First Baptist Church in Adrian, Michigan, from 1918 to 1923, (iii) the Tenth Avenue Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, from 1923 to 1928, (iv) the Central Baptist Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania, from 1928 to 1936, and (v) the Prospect Hill Baptist Church in Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, from 1936 until his death in 1939.
Hopkins attended Indianola Junior High School in Columbus, then in June 1929, graduated from North High School. In the fall of 1929, he enrolled at Oberlin College where he studied theory and composition. Hopkins transferred to Temple University, where, in 1933, he earned a degree in music.
He recorded several albums for ABC Paramount Records, Cadence, Capitol, and Verve 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.
Personal life and death
Hopkins married at least three times. He first married, in 1936, vocalist Ramona (née Estrild Raymona Myers, 1909 – 1972). They divorced around June 1943, reportedly in Mexico. On December 13, 1947, he then married a magazine writer and publicist whose first name was Florence. They divorced in 1951 in Dade County, Florida. On February 17, 1952, he married Geri Beitzel (née Geraldine Virginia Beitzel; 1924 – 1995) in Washington Township, Bergen County, New Jersey. She was a soprano and a 1945 graduate of Juilliard.
Hopkins died in Princeton, New Jersey, at the age of 71. He, with his wife Geraldine, had been living on their farm – the Backbone Hill Farm in Clarksburg, New Jersey (near Allentown), for 27 years.
- Contrasting Colors, Capitol, 1959
- The Sound of New York, ABC Paramount, [ABC 2269 (mono) / ABCS 2269 (stereo)], recorded November 17, 21, and 27, 1958, in New York; released 1959; conducted by Hopkins (the album included the Geri Beitzel Singers)
- Ridin' The Rails, Capitol Records, [T-1302 (mono) / ST-1302 (stereo)], 1960
- Nightmare!!, MGM Records [E/SE 4104 (mono) / SE 4104 (stereo)], 1962
- The Yellow Canary (Music From The Motion Picture), Kenyon Hopkins and His Orchestra, Verve [V6-8548], recorded April 15 and 16, 1963, in New York; released 1963
- The Reporter: The Original Music From the CBS Television Network Series, (Columbia CL 2269 mono), 1964
- Sound Tour: France, Verve (in conjunction with Esquire Magazine) (produced by Creed Taylor), 1962
- 1956: Baby Doll
- 1957: The Strange One
- 1957: 12 Angry Men
- 1959: The Fugitive Kind
- 1960: Wild River
- 1961: Wild in the Country
- 1961: The Hustler
- 1963: The Yellow Canary
- 1964: Lilith
- 1966: Mister Buddwing
- 1966: This Property Is Condemned
- 1967: The Borgia Stick
- 1967: Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!
- 1968: A Lovely Way to Die
- 1969: The Tree
- 1969: The First Time
- 1969: Downhill Racer
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- "Hopkins, Kenyon," Grove Music Online (URL link) (retrieved September 24, 2019)
- "Composite Bodies of Dance: The Repertory of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater," by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Theatre Journal, Vol. 57, No. 4, Black Performance, December 2005, pps. 659-678; OCLC 359402526 (accessible via JSTOR at www
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- "Civil Rights and The Black Presence in Baby Doll," by Philip C. Kolin, Literature/Film Quarterly, Vol. 24, No. 1; OCLC 194336575 (1996), pps. 2–11 (accessible via JSTOR at www
.jstor .org /stable /43796691)
- "Kenyon Hopkins". Space Age Musicmaker. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
- "'Touch of Genius Boy' Touched for $75 a Week," by Leeds Moberley (né Ben Leeds Moberley; 1905–1970), New York Daily News, January 25, 1950, p. C4 (accessible via Newspapers.com, subscription required)
- "Florida Divorce Index, 1927–2001," (FamilySearch database)
- "Nuptials: Hopkins—Beitzel" (marriage announcement), Public Opinion, February 23, 1952, p. 2 col. 2 (of 8) (accessible via Newspapers.com, subscription required)
- "Young Soprano to Give Recital – Geraldine Beitzel Prepares Interesting Program for Penn Hall Thursday," Public Opinion, June 17, 1947, p. 2, col. 6 (of 8) (accessible via Newspapers.com, subscription required)
- 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.
- "Kenyon Hopkins/Creed Taylor: The Sound of New York". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
- "Kenyon Hopkins: Ridin' The Rails". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
- "Kenyon Hopkins: Nightmare!!". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
- Discogs: Kenyon Hopkins – The Yellow Canary (music from the motion picture), Verve V6–8548 (1963)
- "Kenyon Hopkins: The Reporter". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
- "Kenyon Hopkins: Sound Tour: France". Discogs.com. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
- The Reporter Kenyon Hopkins LP, retrieved 2015-06-23