Sid Ramin

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Sid Ramin
Birth name Sidney Norton Ramin
Born (1919-01-22) January 22, 1919 (age 99)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation(s) Orchestrator, arranger, composer
Years active 1950–present

Sidney Norton Ramin (born January 22, 1919) is an American orchestrator, arranger, and composer.


Born in 1919, Ramin is the son of Ezra Ramin, a window trimmer, and Beatrice D. (Salamoff) Ramin. He has orchestrated many television, film, and theatrical productions. He also composed the theme and lyrics for "Smile, You're on Candid Camera" of the hidden camera television program Candid Camera in the 1960s. In his early years, Ramin frequently collaborated with arranger Robert Ginzler, most notably on Gypsy.[1] With Leonard Bernstein and Irwin Kostal, he co-orchestrated the music for West Side Story. He is the composer of the famous hit "Music to Watch Girls By" first released as an instrumental single in 1967 by The Bob Crewe Generation.

Ramin married Gloria Breit, a singer and model, on January 9, 1949. They have one child, son Ronald "Ron" Ramin, who also works as a composer.[2][3]


Ramin has won several professional awards throughout his career.

Professional works[edit]




  • West Side Story, Broadway, 2009
  • Gypsy, Broadway, 2008
  • Gypsy, Broadway, 2003
  • The Red Shoes, Broadway, 1993
  • Crazy for You, Broadway, 1992
  • Gypsy, Broadway, 1989
  • Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Broadway, 1989
  • Smile, Broadway, 1986
  • West Side Story, Broadway, 1980
  • 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Broadway, 1976
  • Gypsy, Broadway, 1974
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Broadway, 1972
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Regional (US), 1971
  • Look Where I'm At!, Off-Broadway, 1971
  • West Side Story, Broadway, 1968
  • West Side Story, Broadway, 1964
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, US Tour, 1963
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, West End, 1963
  • Sophie, Broadway, 1963
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Broadway, 1962
  • I Can Get It for You Wholesale, Broadway, 1962
  • Kwamina, Broadway, 1961
  • The Conquering Hero, Broadway, 1961
  • Wildcat, Broadway, 1960
  • Vintage '60, Broadway, 1960
  • West Side Story, Broadway, 1960
  • The Girls Against the Boys, Broadway, 1959
  • West Side Story, US Tour, 1959
  • Gypsy, Broadway, 1959
  • West Side Story, West End, 1958
  • Say, Darling, Broadway, 1958
  • West Side Story, Broadway, 1957
  • Wonderful Town, Broadway, 1953


  1. ^ Teachout, Terry (2 May 2009). "Heard, but Not Seen". The Wall Street Journal. 
  2. ^ Finn, Robin (27 March 2003). "Public Lives; Back on Broadway and, at 84, Lusting for a Tony". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Michael H. Perlman: Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park. Arcadia Publishing, New York, 2015, page 77, ISBN 978-1-46710-188-2
  4. ^

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