|New York Times, 29 Mar 1984.|
The composer-conductor Carmen Dragon, who for four decades made music on film, radio, television and records, died of cancer today. He was 69 years old.
Mr. Dragon died at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, a spokesman, Mitchell Schneider said.
Mr. Dragon, whose son Daryl Dragon is half of the popular music team the Captain & Tennille, won an Academy Award with Morris Stoloff for scoring the 1944 musical "Cover Girl." In 1964 he won an Emmy for producing the Glendale Symphony Orchestra Christmas Special on NBC.
Mr. Dragon recorded more than 75 albums for Capitol Records, conducting the Hollywood Bowl, Royal Philharmonic and Capitol orchestras. He has conducted the Glendale Symphony Orchestra for the last 20 years.
He was born on July 28, 1914 in Antioch, CA, to a family whose members played 15 different instruments. By his teens he had mastered the piano, string bass, accordion, trumpet and trombone.
He majored in music at San Joes State College, but left school at age 21 to go to San Francisco, where he played the piano at a nightclub. An arrangement caught the attention of Meredith Willson,
who brought Mr. Dragon with him to Hollywood where he was soon arranging for Judy Garland, Dick Powell, Nelson Eddy, Mary Martin and others.
In 1942 he began working on films. He also conducted for such radio shows as the Fanny Brice "Baby Snooks" program, the "Railroad Hour" and the "Standard School Broadcast." His composition, "I'm an American," has become a standard with symphonies and bands.
Mr. Dragon, who lived in Malibu, is survived by his wife, the former Eloise Rawitzer, and three sons and two daughters.
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