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Monday, February 5, 2018

Music Mondays: Disney Composers- Frank Churchill

One of Disney’s most prolific composers was also one of its first. Frank Churchill was hired as a staff writer and provided the scores for most of the cartoon shorts produced between 1930 and 1940, including the mammoth hit The Three Little Pigs. The song he wrote for the film- Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? became a huge success, cementing Frank’s place in Hollywood legend.

When Walt Disney decided to take on his biggest challenge up to that point- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Frank wrote most of the music for the film. The success of the movie led to him getting further assignments on The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad, Peter Pan, Bambi and Dumbo. One of his songs became a modern lullaby- Baby Mine, which earned him an Oscar nomination.

Despite his huge success, Mr. Churchill suffered from severe depression and sadly committed suicide in 1942. He never saw how successful his arguably greatest song- Baby Mine- would become.