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Weston, Paul, 1912-1966

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1912 - 1966

Paul (Wetstein) Weston was born on March 12, 1912 in Springfield, Mass. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1933, with a degree in economics. After graduation he sold some musical arrangement to the Joe Haymes' Orchestra and became a freelance arranger. When Tommy Dorsey took over the orchestra in 1935, he made Weston his official arranger. In 1940, Weston struck out on his own, working for such talents as Dinah Shore, and Liberty Records before moving to Hollywood where he arranged the score for the movie "Holiday Inn." He also worked for Capital Records and Columbia Records and recorded his own instrumental "mood music." In 1952, he married Jo Stafford and became a regular on television. In 1957, he helped form the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and acted as its first president. Weston stayed active in television until the early 1970s. He also continued composing. Weston died in 1966.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Paul Weston papers

MS-902
 Collection
Identifier: MS-902
Overview Paul Weston (1912-1966), composer. Dartmouth College Class of 1933. The collection consists of printed sheet music and original scores by Paul Weston as well as articles, magazines, clippings, correspondence and audio cassette tapes related to his involvement with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).