Possibly many people will have watched one or a few Disney classics over the holidays. We may know the classic films, and some may know who composed music for the more recent ones. Elton John and Tim Rice for example, co-wrote several songs for The Lion King. But what about the earlier ones?
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) for instance. Who can forget “Heigh Ho”, “Whistle While You Work”, “I’m Wishing” and the beautiful “Some Day My Prince Will Come”.
Then there is Bambi (1942). One of my favourites is “Little April Shower”
Baby Mine (Dumbo)
Love Is A Song (Bambi) is another.
Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf (Three Little Pigs) 1933. Later used in numerous films. Played by many orchestras, especially during war-time.
These and many others were all written, or co-written by Frank Churchill.
There could have been more wonderful music from this very talented man had he not sadly died at the very young age of forty.
Churchill was found dead at his piano – having reportedly shot himself , on May 14th 1942. This was shortly before the release of Bambi.
He was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2001.