David Raksin

 

David Raksin the celebrated composer of Laura was born in Philadelphia on August 4th 1912 and died in Van Nuys California on August 9th 2004. Raksin's father was a pianist in a silent movie theatre and also played in the Philadelphia Orchestra under Stokowski gave his son rudimentary musical instruction. By his teenage years he formed a dance band and played on local Philadelphia radio. Raksin used his band gigs to work his way through Ivy League University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation he went to New York as an arranger where he got to know Gershwin and Oscar... Read More

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