Artist Biography
Carmen Dragon (July 28, 1914 – March 28,
1984) was an American conductor,
composer, and arranger who in addition to
live performances and recording, worked in
radio, film, and television.
Dragon was born in Antioch, California. He
was very active in pops music conducting and
composed scores for several films, including
At Gunpoint (1955), Invasion of the Body
Snatchers (1956), Night into Tomorrow
(1951), and Kiss Tomorrow Good-bye (1950).
With Morris Stoloff, he shared the 1944
Oscar for the popular Gene Kelly/Rita
Hayworth musical Cover Girl, which featured
songs by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin.
He made a popular orchestral arrangement
of "America the Beautiful" and also re-
arranged it for symphonic band. According to
his website, he was awarded an Emmy in
1964.
He conducted the Hollywood Bowl Symphony
Orchestra, and they performed on The
Standard School Broadcast, broadcast on
NBC in the western U.S. for elementary
schools from 1928 through the 1970s. The
show was sponsored by the Standard Oil
Company of California (now the Chevron
Corporation), but other than the name there
were no commercials. The program featured
a high quality introduction to classical music
for young people growing up in the 1940s
and early 1950s.
Dragon made a series of popular light
classical albums for Capitol Records during
the 1950s with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Some of these recordings have been
reissued by EMI on CD. Dragon appeared as
himself briefly at the end of the 1979 film The
In-Laws, conducting the fictitious Paramus
Philharmonic.
Dragon also hosted a regular classical music
radio show broadcast on the Armed Forces
Radio Network—now the American Forces
Network—well into the 1980s.
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