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Wilbur Hatch

Show Count: 74
Series Count: 9
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: May 24, 1902, Mokena, Illinois, United States
Died: December 22, 1969

Wilbur Hatch (May 24, 1902 – December 22, 1969), was an American music composer who worked primarily in radio and television. He was born in Mokena, Illinois and died in Studio City, California.

Radio 

He began working in radio in 1922 as a pianist on KYW (Chicago) and moved on to CBS, where he created music for such radio shows asThe Whistler, Suspense, Meet Corliss Archer, My Favorite Husband, Broadway Is My Beat, Our Miss Brooks and The Screen Guild Theater.

Hatch also worked as a conductor and music director for CBS. During the late 1930s and early 1940s he was conductor on The Campbell Soup Radio Show. He was the musical director and composed the theme for CBS Radio's The Whistler (1942–55). Additionally, he was the musical director for CBS Radio's Broadway Is My Beat (1949–54) and Luke Slaughter of Tombstone (1958).

Television 

His most lasting on-screen television credit was for composing some of the music and conducting the Desi Arnaz Orchestra on I Love Lucy.(In Episode #44, as Ricky is about to sing, he calls offstage "Mr. Hatch, if you please.") He was the sole composer for three episodes of I Love Lucy (1951–56), four episodes of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1959–60), all 156 episodes of The Lucy Show (1964–67) and all of theHere's Lucy (1968–69) episodes up to the time of his death. He also conceived and conducted the music for the TV versions of Our Miss Brooks and December Bride, as well as its spin-off, Pete and Gladys. He also composed music for The Mothers-in-Law. Until the time of his death Hatch was resident musical director of Desilu Studios, and his work included music director on Star Trek, The Untouchables, and other Desilu productions. In 1970, after Hatch had died, Marl Young (1917–2009) became the resident music composer for Lucille Ball Productions, Inc. (including the Here's Lucy series until it finished in 1974).

Personal 

Hatch attended the University of Chicago to study engineering, but music fully occupied his life. One of the highlights of his college education was that he wrote the music for the annual Blackfriar's show, the University's dramatic organization. Wilbur graduated from University of Chicago with High Honors and a Phi Beta Kappa Key.

Wilbur was married to Margaret Mathews of Grinell, Iowa. They had three children together: Robert Allen (born in 1932), Nancy Margaret (born in 1934) and Margaret Ann (born in 1944).

He is buried at Mountain View Cemetery, Altadena, Los Angeles County, California.

Source: Wikipedia

City, TheCity, The
Show Count: 2
Broadcast History: 2 February 1947 to 3 August 1947
Cast: Herb Butterfield, Anne Morrison, David Ellis, Herb Vigran, Robert Bruce, Norman Macdonnell, Lenore Kingston, Gil Warren
Producer: Sterling Tracy
Life With LuigiLife With Luigi
Show Count: 78
Broadcast History: 21 September 1948 to 3 March 1953
Sponsor: Wrigley’s Gum
Cast: J. Carrol Naish, Alan Reed, Jody Gilbert, Gil Stratton Jr., Mary Shipp, Hans Conried, Joe Forte, Ken Peters
Director: William N Robson, Mac Benoff
Producer: Cy Howard
Meet Corliss ArcherMeet Corliss Archer
Show Count: 8
Broadcast History: 7 January 1943 to 30 September 1956
Cast: Priscilla Lyon, Irvin Lee, Dexter Franklin, Bill Christy, David Hughes, Burt Boyar, Frank Martin, Gloria Holden, Irene Tedrow, Norman Field, Mary Wickes, Janet Waldo, Lugene Sandars, Sam Edwards, Fred Shields, Tommy Bernard, Kenny Godkin, Bebe Young, Barbara Whiting, Dolores Crane
Director: Bert Prager, Helen Mack
Although Meet Corliss Archer was CBS's answer to NBC's popular A Date with Judy, it was also broadcast by NBC in 1948 as a summer replacement for The Bob Hope Show. From October 3, 1952 to June 26, 1953, it aired on ABC, finally returning to CBS. Despite the program's long run, less than 24 episodes are known to exist.
Broadcast: February 12, 1945
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Broadcast: February 1, 1943
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Broadcast: January 20, 1947
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Broadcast: February 10, 1947
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Broadcast: 13th November 1944
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Broadcast: February 5, 1945
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Broadcast: February 23, 1950
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Broadcast: April 25, 1944
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Broadcast: June 27, 1944
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Broadcast: July 29, 1946
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Broadcast: December 6, 1943
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Broadcast: March 15, 1943
Starring: Wilbur Hatch
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Broadcast: August 4, 1942
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Broadcast: 28th May 1950
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Broadcast: 8th March 1943
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Broadcast: December 15, 1947
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Broadcast: June 24, 1941
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Broadcast: September 4, 1944
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