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Frank Churchill

1901-1942 US, Rumford
Composer of Soundtrack and Children's Music

Frank Churchill (October 20, 1901 in Rumford, Maine - May 14, 1942 in Newhall, California) was a U.S. composer of popular music for films. He wrote most of the music for Disney's 1937 movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, including "Whistle While You Work" and "Some Day My Prince Will Come". The latter (without the Larry Morey lyrics) became a jazz standard covered by various jazz greats including Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck. Churchill began his career playing piano in cinemas at the age of 15. After dropping out of medical studies at UCLA to pursue a career in music, he became accompanist at the Los Angeles radio station KNX (AM) in 1924. He joined Disney studios in 1930, and scored many animated shorts - his song for The Three Little Pigs, Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf, was a huge commercial success. In 1937, he was chosen to score Disney's first full-length animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. His catchy, artfully written songs played a large part in the film's initial success and continuing popularity. He became supervisor of music at Disney, and in 1942 won Oscar nominations for his work on Dumbo and Bambi. Frank Churchill committed suicide on May 14, 1942.

        
Genres
  • Soundtrack
  • Children's Music
  • Spoken Word
  • Classical
Popular Tracks   
Never Smile at a Crocodile on Peter Pan by Various Artists
Fantasmic! - From Fantasmic! (Disneyland) on Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: Disneyland by Various Artists
The Main Street Electrical Parade - From The Main Street Electrical Parade on Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: Disneyland by Various Artists
Overture - Snow White on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Various Artists
The Fantasyland Darkride Suite - From Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Peter Pan’s Flight, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Alice In Wonderland on Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection: Disneyland by Various Artists
Sleepy Morning In The Woods/The Young Prince/Learning to Walk - From "Bambi"/Score on Bambi by Various Artists
Casey Jr. - From "Casey Jr. Splash 'n' Soak Station" on Walt Disney World Official Album by Various Artists
Love's First Kiss(Finale) on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Various Artists
Let's See What's Upstairs on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Various Artists
Disney Medley - From "Tree of Life" on The Music from Rivers of Light & Tree of Life Awakenings Shows at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park by Various Artists

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Songs From Snow White & Seven DwarfsFrank Churchill2016Compil.
Songs From Snow White & Seven DwarfsFrank Churchill2016Album
Schneewittchen Und Die Sieben ZwergeFrank Churchill2006Album
BambiFrank Churchill, Larry Morey, Edward Plumb2002Album
walt disneys bambiFrank Churchill1997Single
Snow White And The Seven DwarfsLarry Morey, Frank Churchill1993Single
Biancaneve e i Sette NaniFrank Churchill, Larry Morey1992Album
Mjallhvít Og Dvergarnir SjöLarry Morey og Frank Churchill1978Album
Walt Disney's Snow WhiteLarry Morey, Frank Churchill1977Single
Walt Disney Présente DumboNed Washington / Frank Churchill / Oliver Wallace1970Single
DamboFrank Churchill, Walt Disney, Oliver Wallace1969Album
Walt Disney's DumboNed Washington, Frank Churchill And Oliver Wallace1963Album
Walt Disney's DumboNed Washington, Frank Churchill, Oliver Wallace1963Album
Walt Disney's BambiFrank Churchill, Edward Plumb, Larry Morey1962Single
Мелодия / ФокстротVlastimil Hála / Frank Churchill1961Album
Walt Disney's DumboNed Washington, Frank Churchill And Oliver Wallace1957Single
Walt Disney's BambiFrank Churchill, Edward Plumb, Larry Morey1957Single
Walt Disney's BambiFrank Churchill, Edward Plumb, Larry Morey1957Album
Snow White And The Seven DwarfsFrank Churchill, Larry Morey, Paul J. Smith, Leigh Harline1956Single
One Song / With A Smile And A SongFrank Churchill, Len Hughes And His BandAlbum
Way To The Stars / Pick Yourself Up // Heigh-Ho Whistle While You Work / It's a Lovely Day TomorrowNicholas Brodszky, Dorothy Fields, Frank Churchill, The Melachrino OrchestraCompil.
Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles / Histoire De "Blanche Neige Et Les 7 Nains"Louis Sauvat, Sammy Fain, Frank ChurchillAlbum
Walt Disney's Bambi Nach Dem Film-WelterfolgLarry Morey, Frank Churchill - Petra KrauseAlbum
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