Billy May

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Edward William "Billy" May, Jr (November 10, 1916 – January 22, 2004) was an American composer, arranger and trumpeter. He composed film and television music for The Green Hornet (1966), The Mod Squad (1968), Batman (with Batgirl theme, 1967), and Naked City (1960). He collaborated on films such as Pennies from Heaven (1981), and orchestrated Cocoon, and Cocoon: The Return, among others.

May also wrote arrangements for many top singers, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Anita O'Day, Peggy Lee, Vic Damone, Bobby Darin, Johnny Mercer, Ella Fitzgerald, Jack Jones, Bing Crosby, Sandler and Young, Nancy Wilson, Rosemary Clooney, The Andrews Sisters and Ella Mae Morse. He also collaborated with satirist Stan Freberg on several classic 1950s and 1960s satirical music albums.

As a trumpet player, during the 1940s big-band era, May recorded such songs as "Measure for Measure", "Long Tall Mama", and "Boom Shot", with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, and "The Wrong Idea", "Lumby", and "Wings Over Manhattan" with Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra. With his own band, May had a hit single, "Charmaine", in 1952, and he released an album, Sorta-May.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Anita O'Day and Billy May Swing Rodgers and Hart Anita O'Day & Billy May 1
1960 The Girls And Boys Of Broadway Billy May 1
1962 Horn-A-Plenty Al Hirt With Orchestra Arranged and Conducted By Billy May 1
1966 Today Billy May 1
1991 Anita O'Day Swings Cole Porter With Billy May Anita O'Day with Billy May 1
1996 Sorta-May / Sorta-Dixie Billy May 1
1997 The Girls & Boys on Broadway / The Sweetest Swingin' Sounds of 'No Strings' Billy May 1
2000 Naughty Operetta / Plays for Fancy Dancin' Billy May 1
2000 A Band Is Born / Big Band Bash Billy May 2
2001 Big Fat Brass / Bill's Bag Billy May 1
2003 Ole Tormé: Mel Tormé Goes South of the Border With Billy May Mel Tormé & Billy May 2
Big Fat Brass Billy May 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 The Original Reunion of the Glenn Miller Band Billy May 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 The Green Hornet Billy May 4
2012 The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown / A Breath of Scandal Billy May / Alessandro Cicognini 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1962 Pow! Billy May 1
Cha Cha! Billy May 1

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